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Pet Loss Hotlines, Websites, and Support Groups

Various websites and hotlines have been created to support owners during the grieving process. Many of the websites include resources such as articles‚ reading lists‚ and information about support groups.

Newspaper articles

Subject: All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice;
Saying Goodbye to Your Cherished Pet in the Comfort of Home; Inside Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings-on-Hudson, 2/2014, page 30


General Grief Websites
Pet Partners
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University, pet loss support hotline
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Pet Loss Grief Support Website

Jewish  When a Beloved Pet Dies (PDF format)
Christian  A Blue Willow Group


Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine  508.839.7966
Staffed by veterinary students trained by a professional grief counselor.
Mon–Fri‚ 6–9 pm EST

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine  517.432.2696
Staffed by veterinary students trained by a professional grief counselor.
Tues–Thurs, 6:30–9:30 pm EST

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine  607.253.3932
Staffed by veterinary students trained by a professional grief counselor. Tues–Thurs‚ 6–9 pm EST


Goodbye, Friend
Gary Kowalski
Included are ideas for rituals and ceremonies‚ spiritual guidance and readings for solace. Kowalski includes advice on how to take care of yourself after the death of a pet and the importance of honesty when talking with children about this event.

Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love   
Lorri A. Greene, Ph.D.
Written by a psychologist who is a leader in the field of pet bereavement‚ this practical but sympathetic guide validates the survivor’s often misunderstood feelings‚ explains the importance of the human ⁄ animal bond‚ and offers strategies for working through the grieving process. Topics include memorializing the pet‚ recognizing problematic thinking‚ finding support‚ dealing with guilt and explaining the pet’s death to a child. The special needs of the guardians of working animals are addressed‚ as are self-help resources for the elderly.

Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide
Julia Harris
This book helps readers to understand the many emotional reactions to the loss of a pet‚ assist children in coping with and recovering from their loss; and learn how different spiritual belief systems recognize and counsel pet loss. Practical topics include what happens at a pet cemetery burial‚ cremation or home burial; what legal arrangements are available; how to develop a ceremony to honor the pet; and how to cope with the trauma of a terminally ill or runaway pet.

Three Cats‚ Two Dogs: One Journey Through
Multiple Pet Loss

David Congalton
The author talks about how he transformed his anguish over the loss of several pets into a commitment to abused and abandoned animals. This down–to–earth book offers solace and practical suggestions for coping with grief.

For children: Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven
Cynthia Rylant
These books will appeal to children from preschool to grade two. The simple‚ colorful illustrations take the child on a journey to Dog Heaven or Cat Heaven‚ places of warmth and happiness. In Dog Heaven‚ there are “fields and fields and fields‚” and in Cat Heaven‚ there are thousands of toys and soft angel laps in which to cuddle up. God is depicted as a kindly older man who benevolently watches over his charges.

Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet
Melissa Wells
The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating to a child. This is the true story about a boy‚ his dog‚ and the close relationship that develops between them. When Ruby becomes terminally ill‚ the boy and his family must cope with their feelings along the way, and live beyond the loss. By finding ways to remember Ruby‚ they make it through‚ together.

Saying Goodbye to Lulu
Corrine Demas
A young girl and her lovable dog‚ Lulu‚ are the best of friends. They play games together‚ explore their neighborhood‚ and even cuddle up to read bedtime stories each night. Lulu is the best dog a girl could ever hope for‚ but when she grows older and gradually becomes weak‚ the little girl must face the sad possibility of losing her dear friend‚ and inevitably‚ cope with the death of her canine companion. Over time the little girl discovers that the sweet memory of her beloved Lulu will live on forever in her heart.