Resources for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Here are Grief Counselor Bonnie Goodman’s list of resources for pet loss and bereavement:

Pet Loss Support Hotlines:

ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
(877) 474-3310
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
517-432-2696 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
607-253-3932 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday evenings (Eastern time)
Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
508-839-7966 (no hours stated on their web site; call for more information)
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine “C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Support Hotline”
University of Florida Pet Loss Support hotline
352-392-2235 Leave a message and someone will call you back within 24 hours weekdays; weekend calls are returned on Monday

Online Support Groups:
Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement:

Recommended Books:
Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love, Lorrie Greene, Ph.D., J. Landis, 2002
Grieving The Loss of a Pet, Betty J. Carmack, 2003
The Loss of a Pet, Sife, Ph.D., 1998, 2005
Coping with the Loss of a Pet, Christina M. Lemieux, Wallace R. Clark, 1992
How to Roar: Pet Loss Grief Recovery, Robin Brown, 2005

Especially for Children:
Lifetimes B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen, Bantam Books, 1983
Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?Sally Sibbett, B. Libby Press, 1991
Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
H.A. Nieburg & A. Fisher, Harper & Row, 1982 (out of print – check with your library)
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books, 1975

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One Response to “Resources for Pet Loss and Bereavement”

  1. scoutshouse says:

    Thank you so much. I found Bonnie’s information so helpful, too. Our pets are so easy to love and so difficult to lose.

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