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.

(970) 297-1242


Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline

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.
(508) 839-7966

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