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Some Pet Loss Numbers If You Find You Need Support In Grieving The Loss Of A Pet

Need support in grieving the loss of a pet?There are some hotlines across the country that might be helpful if you feel you need support in grieving the loss of a pet.  There numbers were current as of January, 2014.  Many people have or have had pets that they have been very close to and can understand your grief.  There are many that simply don’t understand the impact losing a pet can have on your daily life.  These hotlines may be helpful to you if you just want someone to talk to that understands.  Feel free to share about you and your pet in our comments section as well.

Pet Loss Support Hotline
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
(607) 253-3932
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
6-9pm EST

The Iams Company maintains a special toll-free number for grieving pet owners.
The Iams Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline can be reached at:
1-888-332-7738 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time.

Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital Pet Loss Support Services.
Providing free pet loss support groups in the Portland, Oregon area since 1986.
24 hour message line (503) 234-2061.
Long distance calls will be returned collect.
E-mails can be sent to grief counselor, Director of Pet Loss Support Services, Enid Traisman, MSW at etjournl@teleport .com.
Visit their website at

College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
Website –
The C.A.R.E. Helpline is staffed by veterinary students who have have received training by professional grief counselors and receive ongoing supervision by a licensed psychologist.
People who are either grieving the loss of a companion animal, or are anticipating a loss are encouraged to call our toll-free line at : 877/394-CARE. If you are in the Champaign-Urbana area, our local telephone number is 217/244-CARE (2273)
ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline – 877-GRIEF-10,


Canada: 519-824-4120 x53694 – Pet Loss Support Hotline, Teaching Hospital, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1. Tuesday – Thursday 6:00 pm -9:00 pm ET. An answering service is available outside regular hotline hours.,

Great Britain – 0800 096 6606 – Society for Companion Animal Studies, 8:30 am-8:30 pm. daily. (UK only including northern Ireland). The support line is open from 8.30am – 8.30pm every day. All calls are free and confidential from a landline. If calling from a mobile phone, some phone networks may charge. Support is provided by trained volunteers. Also offers e-mail suppport –

Need More Support In Grieving The Loss Of A Pet? 

A Message From ASPCA

Sadly, everyone who cares for a pet will one day face the illness, old age or passing of their beloved animal friend. It is as natural and necessary to grieve for the loss of a pet as it is for any loved one who dies. And it is important to have compassion and support in one’s time of grief. The ASPCA is here to help—below you will find several resources to assist you and your loved ones during this difficult time.

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ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline

Pet parents can receive help from the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program with the following issues:

  • Assistance with the decision to euthanize.
  • Comfort and support at the time of euthanasia.
  • Help with grieving the loss.
  • Advice on dealing with children, the elderly or disabled individuals who are facing a death of a companion animal.
  • Helping the surviving animals in the household to cope.
  • Assistance in establishing a relationship with a new pet.

For support dealing with the loss of a pet, including information on meeting the emotional needs of children at the time of a pet’s death, please call our Pet Loss Hotline at (877) GRIEF-10.

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