Friday, October 22, 2010

Pet Loss Hotlines

Pet First Aid & veterinary emergency care may just like human first aid & human emergency care not always help save your furry companions' life. The loss of an animal companion may be one of the most devastating and painful experiences we ever face. For many, such a loss is as traumatic as losing a family member or a dear friend and can trigger an intense grieving process. Grieving for a loved animal is a natural and normal reaction and will vary from person to person. At the time it happens you might feel alone and in need of some extra emotional support. We are hereby listing a few Pet Loss Hotlines staffed by volunteers to help you get through the devastating loss or grave illness of your pet.

National Cancer Support Group for Animals. Call 508-285-2525  This group provides support for those individuals who have lost or are about to lose a pet. Although their primary focus is on dealing with cancer they are available to all those who love their "babies." Available 24 hours / 7 days a week.

Washington State University - College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support. Call (866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704 or visit online at

Pet Loss Support Hotline hosted by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Call 1-888-ISU-PLSH . Operational seven days a week, 6pm to 9pm (CST) from Sept-April; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00-9:00 pm (CST) from May-August.

University of Illinois. Call 1-877-394-2273. Staffed by veterinary students. Student volunteers are at the phone to answer calls on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Central Time. Callers may leave a message any time, and calls will be returned at their next shift, if not before. email:

The Companion Animal Related  Emotions (C.A.R.E) Pet Loss Helpline is a confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  People who are either grieving the loss of a companion animal or are anticipating a loss are encouraged to call.  If you need a compassionate, understanding person to talk to, we are here to listen and to support you.  We are here Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9 pm Central Time.  Our toll-free telephone number is:  (877) 394-CARE (2273).

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. Call  973- 377-7094. Located at 575 Woodland Avenue - Madison, NJ 07940 - For the past 8 years they have offered pet loss support group sessions at no cost every Tuesday evening at their facility. Individual sessions are also available for a nominal fee.

The Rainbow Passage - Pet Loss Support and Bereavement Center. Call 414-376-0340 . Charlene Douglas - 1528 E. River Rd. - Grafton, WI 53024
Telephone, written correspondence, and Internet pet loss support is free of charge. Also a Pet Loss Packet of information is available free upon request. Individual and group support sessions are also available.   

Pet Psyc - Terri M. Austin, Ph.D.. Call 831- 649-6283 or  831- 625-5573 Located in Monterey, CA Companion animal counseling educational services. Death/loss of pet, pet-assisted therapy, veterinary referrals, animal care education. 

* Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine - The Pet Loss Support Hotline. Call 


* Pet Loss Support Line. Call 1-250-389-8047.  In Greater Victoria area, B.C. The Pet Loss Support Line is a service offered by the Pacific Animal Therapy Society and offers emotional support to anyone who has experienced or is anticipating the loss of a pet, for any reason. 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Daily (Pacific Time) Long distance calls will be returned collect.

Additional Internet Sites
Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss
ASPCA Pet Loss -
Cornell University -
Sheba Pet Loss Hotline  - 
Chance's Spot Pet Loss & Support Resources

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