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Where to Find Support: Hotlines and other Resources

Grief is a normal part of the healing process, but grieving may be complicated by lack of understanding on the part of relatives or friends, or because of guilt associated with euthanasia.

While society doesn’t always recognize the importance of the human-animal bond, there are many experts who do.  If you need to reach beyond your normal support system for help in dealing with your grief, try the following:

  • Check with your local SPCA or Humane Society.  Many now offer support groups for grieving pet owners.
  • Ask the staff at your veterinary hospital.  They may be able to provide referrals to other pet loss support organizations.

If you need to reach beyond your local area for a trained volunteer, contact one of these  veterinary school hotlines:

  • The Animal Medical Center, New York City, NY, 212-838-8100
  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 303-221-4535
  • Cornell University, 607-253-3932
  • University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 916-752-7418
  • University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline, 904-392-4700, ext.4080
  • University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-4747
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 215-898-4529
  • Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 509-335-1297

There are also a variety of websites that offer information, inspiration and resources, including: