Pet Loss Resources


(Many hotlines listed by state, below, will also return calls nationwide.)

ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline – 877-GRIEF-10,

Grief Recovery Hotline – (800) 445-4808 – M-F 9am-5pm PT


Colorado: 970-297-1242 – Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ft. Collins – M/F 9am-5pm MT. Call and leave a message and a counselor will return your call.  See the Counselor listing under Ft. Collins, below, for more info.

DC: (202) 966-2171 – The PAL Pet Loss Comfort Line can be accessed by calling the PAL office in Washington, D.C., Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5 pm. You will be referred to a PAL counselor., [email protected]

Illinois: (630) 325-1600 – Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (see “Support Groups”); leave message, calls will be returned between 7-9 pm CST; long-distance calls will be returned collect.

Iowa: 319-338-3357 – Johnson County Humane Society HelpLine, JCHS, P.O. Box 2775, Iowa City, IA 52244-2775,,[email protected]

Maryland: (540) 231-8038 – Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, T/Th 6-9 PM ET,

Maryland: See DC.

Massachusetts: (508) 839-7966 – Tufts University veterinary school; M-F 6-9 pm ET; calls from outside Massachusetts will be returned at no charge. For more information, visit

Michigan: (517) 432-2696 – Pet Loss Support Hotline, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm ET

New Jersey: (800) 404-PETS – PetFriends hotline. Outside of NJ Dial (856) 234-4688. Phones answered 24 hours a day.

New Jersey: (732) 542-0040 – Monmouth County SPCA – Bob Szita MS, LPC, Co-Director of Contemporary Counseling Center of Marlboro, NJ and Pet Loss Counselor for the Monmouth County SPCA will return calls at no charge to the public.,, [email protected]

New York: (607) 253-3932 – Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline, T/Th 6-9 pm ET; messages will be returned,

New York: (877) GRIEF-10 – ASPCA –

Ohio: The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

Texas: (214) 461-5131 – SPCA of Texas, Dallas. All calls are returned within 24 hours.

Virginia: (540) 231-8038 – Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, T/Th 6-9 PM ET,

Virginia: See DC.

Washington: (866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704 – Washington State University, Pullman;; also offers e-mail support at [email protected]


Canada: 519-824-4120 x53694 – Pet Loss Support Hotline, Teaching Hospital, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1. Tuesday – Thursday 6:00 pm -9:00 pm ET. An answering service is available outside regular hotline hours.,[email protected]

Great Britain – 0800 096 6606 – Society for Companion Animal Studies, 8:30 am-8:30 pm. daily. (UK only including northern Ireland). The support line is open from 8.30am – 8.30pm every day. All calls are free and confidential from a landline. If calling from a mobile phone, some phone networks may charge. Support is provided by trained volunteers. Also offers e-mail support – [email protected]


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Pet loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
by Herbert Nieberg, Ph.D. New York, Harper & Row 1996

Loving and Losing a Pet: A Psychologist and a Veterinarian Share Their Wisdom
by Michael Stern and Susan Cropper Northvale, NJ Jason Aronson, Inc. 1998

The Loss of a Pet
by Wallace Sife, Ph.D. rev. ed. NY Howell Book House 1998

Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet
by Sid Korpi, Healy House Books 2009
This book shows you how to: Emotionally prepare for a pet’s euthanasia – understand when it’s time, View death not as an ending, but (as animals see it) a natural transformation, Take care of yourself around insensitive people, Memorialize and celebrate your pet’s life, Move on after your loss and love again.


A Garden of Rest
A beautiful website offering a Pet Grief Forum, eSympathy cards and pet grief poems and stories all of which is completely FREE.

American Veterinary Medical Associations Pet Loss Page

The American Veterinary Association
The American Veterinary Association web site has a listing of further resources in the Pet Care section of it’s web site at

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)
PO Box 106, Brooklyn, NY 11230 (718) 382-0690

Animal communicator Frances W. Greenspan speaks to your pets here and to those who have passed on to the other side. Find out what they want to communicate to you, resolve unanswered questions, behavioral issues – phone readings. Contact her at [email protected] or her website:

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