Pet Loss Resources

Pet Loss Resources


The internet is rich with pet loss resources to help you cope with pet loss. We have gathered some authoritative and popular websites that may be of help. These sites have a variety of materials to help you manage your grief. Your veterinarian is also a great place to turn for help navigating the difficult grieving process for your pet.

View our Coping with Loss of a Pet Page

We have also provided a listing of telephone hotlines designed to respond to calls for help. Many of these are located at the veterinary schools of large national universities.  If you find a link that no longer works or would like to suggest a site we should include, just let us know.

Pet Loss Resources: Web Sites

Pet Loss Resources: Phone Support

If you are struggling with the grief that comes with pet loss, there are many resources to call. Below are some of the most popular national hotlines. The operating hours of these hotlines vary, so we suggest you consult their website or call for more information. There may also be local phone support resources in your area that can help.

  • ASPCA Grief Counseling: 212-876-7700 ext. 4355
  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association: 630-325-1231, 630-325-1600 (Helpline)
  • Colorado State University: 970-491-1242, 970-491-4143
  • Cornell University, Pet Loss Support Hotline: 607-253-3932
  • Iams Pet Loss Support Center: 888-332-7738 (Toll-Free)
  • Iowa State University Pet-Loss Support Hotline: 888-478-7574 (Toll-Free)
  • Louisiana State University Best Friend Gone Project: 225-578-9547
  • Lap of Love Hotline: (855) 955-568
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine: 517-432-2696
  • University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline: 800- 565-1526
  • Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline: 508-839-7966
  • Pet Loss and Human Bereavement Education Program, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine: 614-292-1823
  • The University of Florida at Gainesville, College of Veterinary Medicine: 904-392-4700, ext. 4080
  • University of Minnesota: 612-624-4747
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: 215-898-4529
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine: 865-755-8839
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: 540-231-8038

Pet Charities

When it comes to donating to organizations dedicated to the welfare of animals, you have many options. Below are some reputable national charities. If you are donating in memory of a deceased pet, you may want to consider one of these.

If you are suffering from the loss of a pet, it is important to remember that grief does not operate under a specific timetable, and it is unique to each individual. For some, relief comes quickly. For others, it takes a long time to heal. If you are concerned about how you or a loved one feels or behaves, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Some many groups and professionals are eager to help you work through your difficulties.

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