Pet Loss Support
There are many forms of grief that are completely normal before and after the loss of a beloved pet. It is best to consult with a trusted counselor or doctor about your feelings and ways to cope with this loss.
If you feel that you’re in distress or having thoughts about harming yourself please call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255. The lifeline offers 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.
211 - A 24/7 national free and confidential service that helps you find the resources you need including crisis and emergency.
Resources for Grief and Pet Loss:
Argus Institute at Colorado State University
The Argus Institute provides free grief counseling relating to pet loss and support to those making end-of-life decisions for their pets.
The Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline seeks to serve the community-at-large by providing both a resource for people grieving the loss of a pet, and an opportunity for our veterinary students to acquire the skills needed for pet loss and grief counseling.
Additional hotlines that may be available:
Chicago VMA 630-325-1600 / Cornell University 607-253-3932 / University of Illinois 217-244-CARE (2273) or 877-394-CARE (2273)
Michigan State University 517-432-2696 / P&G Pet Care, Pet Loss Support Hotline 888-332-7738 / The Ohio State University 614-292-1823
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine 540-231-8038 / Washington State University 509-335-5704 or 866-266-8635
Pet Loss books for Adults:
A Final Act of Caring: Ending the life of an animal friend by Mary and Herb Montgomery
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet by Gary Kurz
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson
For Every Dog an Angel by Christine Davis
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by John Katz
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski
Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack