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TOLL FREE! PET LOSS HOTLINES
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm PST
The Grief Recovery
The Iams Pet Loss
Support Center & Hotline
(888) 332-7738 Monday thru Saturday, 8am to 8pm
Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline
The C.A.R.E. Helpline is staffed by veterinary students who have have received training
from grief counselors. They also receive supervision from a licensed psychologist.
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Pet Loss Hotline
424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128
(800) 946-4646, 24 hours a day - use your keypad to punch in the pin number 140-7211 and
then your own phone number. The call will be returned immediately.
Stephanie LaFarge, Ph.D
New York City residents may be seen in person at the ASPCA headquarters.
California - Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline
6:30pm to 9:30pm PST Monday thru Friday
Summer Hours: 6:30pm to 9:30pm PST Tuesday thru Thursday
Calls may be returned collect if no counselor is currently available.
Pet Loss Support
P.O. Box 131
Moorestown, NJ 08057-0131
Long distance calls will be returned collect.
Florida Pet Loss Support Hotline, Gainesville
(352) 392-4700, Ext. 4080
Staffed by University of Florida Veterinary students
Calls will be returned 7pm to 9pm EST
This hotline will call back anyone, anywhere, at no cost to the caller.
PET LOSS HOTLINES
The Chicago Veterinary Medical
Association Pet Loss Support Helpline
Emil and Mary Baukert. C/O Riser Animal Hospital, 5335 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL
This Helpline was established in 1993. It provides referral materials on professional
grief counseling and information packets on the areas of children & grief, euthanasia,
pet loss & the elderly, and a pet loss bibliography. A volunteer will pick up voice
messages and call back between 7pm and 9pm CST every evening. Long distance calls will be
Companion Animal Association of
Arizona Pet Grief Support Hotline
P.O. Box 5006, Scottsdale, AZ 85261-5006
This helpline is operated by trained volunteers 24 hours a day. Long distance calls will
be returned collect.
Delta Society Pet Loss Support
Palm Springs Network
146 Pali, Palm Springs, Ca 92264
Michigan State University Pet
Loss Support, College of Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Center, C-100 East Lansing, MI 48824
Sally Walshaw, M.A., V.M.D.
The Hotline is staffed by veterinary student volunteers from 6:30pm to 9:30pm EST on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Tufts University Pet Loss
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 6:00pm to 9:00 pm EST
Companion Animal Hospital Pet
Loss Support Hotline
Box 35, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Hours: 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST, Tuesday thru Thursday
College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST
APLB SUPPORT CHAT ROOMS
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement's Chat Rooms
are designed to
provide a safe and supportive
haven for those who have lost a beloved animal companion. Discussions are not
ones for social chatting, as they are solely designated to cover topics related
to pet loss and bereavement. It is important to
note that while these chat rooms are caring
and highly effective discussions, they should not be confused with clinical
psychological counseling sessions. Rather, the focus is solely on pet
bereavement. Although the tone is
one of compassion and constructive supportiveness, this association cannot always
regulate the variables that may arise in such an environment. In addition, advice or
other considerations that are offered should not be construed as part of a
professional counseling session. Those who are newly bereaved and visiting
a chat room for the first time
should try to come in as early as possible. In that way, more
individual attention can be provided as chats can get crowded later on in the
Friday night, 8 - 10, EST. Dr. Wallace Sife, Moderator, Ellie
Waldron, Co- host, and Karen Borga and Connie Starr,
Sunday afternoon, 2 - 4, EST. Sarah Robinson,
Moderator, and Valerie Brideau, Assistant Host
Monday night, 8 - 10, EST. Ursula Brower, Moderator,
Sarah Robinson and Laurie Koen Co-hosts, and Sue Laue,
Wednesday night, 8 - 10, EST. Ellie Waldron,
Moderator, Gayla Stone and Deborah Norman, Assistant
Anticipatory Chat: Thursday night, 8 - 10, EST. Lois
Roach, Moderator, and Jenny Wilson, Assistant Host
Dr. Sife, Ellie, and Ursula can be reached
if you are in deep
bereavement and need to communicate before their next scheduled chat
To enter a chat room session, just
PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUPS &
P.O. Box 578763, Modesto, CA 95357, (209) 527-AARC,
Alameda County/ Contra Costa County Pet Loss Support Group
Cecelia Soares, DVM
Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 6 - 8:30 PM. Call for location.
Phone: (925) 932-0607
Animal Bereavement Counseling
1000 Quail St. #245, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Contact: Rebecca Lewis, Ph.D
Animal Bereavement Counseling offers group services for those who have lost a pet or
who have a sick pet.
Animal Friends Connection
1110 W. Kettleman Lane, Ste. 38, Lodi, CA , (209) 365-0535,
Animal Health Foundation Pet
Loss Support Group
St. Augustine by the Sea
1227 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Animals in Our Hearts
Teresa Wagner, who has a master's degree in counseling, has been providing grief
services since 1986. She offers private consultations and workshops both for people who
have lost their animal companions and shelter workers who are grieving euthanized animals.
Teresa is the author of the incredible book,
of Love: A Gentle Guide to Healing from the Loss of Your Animal Loved One, which was
published by Matters of the Heart in April 1998. This is the first pet loss book to openly
challenge and dissolve the myth that it is not healthy, and perhaps wrong, for humans to
bond with, love and grieve animals as much as they do humans. If you've given up hope that
anyone would ever understand the depth of your love for animals or your profound grief
when you lose them, take heart from this special audiobook. This book will help you
understand why animal loss is different and learn tools to not only cope with grief, but
to truly heal and find meaning from loss. You are guided through a magical meditation to
help you more easily accept letting go, to connect you with the spirit of your animal
loved one, fill you with grace and love, and the knowledge that your heart will go on.
ASPCA Companion Animal Loss Grief Support Group
2260 7th Avenue
Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 7:00 PM.
Betsy Jones, BA
Phone: (831) 465-5000
There is no charge. No need to call, in order to attend.
Medical Association Offices
Bonnie S. Mader, MS
Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
5231 Madison Avenue
6:00 to 8:00 PM. There is no need to call in order to attend.
Phone: (530) 752-3602
Central California SPCA
103 S. Hughes, Fresno, CA 93706-1207, (559) 233-0115,
Emissaries of St. Francis
Animal Loss Support
P.O. Box 1056, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Contact: Sharon Callahan
Sharon Callahan is an internationally recognized animal communication specialist.
She provides grief counseling. With 30 years of experience, her background includes animal
communication, grief and suicide counseling. You can also call or write for a free
information packet. Sharon works with grieving adults, children and animals.
Grief Counseling for Pet Owners
449 Melrose St., San Francisco, CA 94127
Contact: Betty J. Carmack, R.N., Ed.D.
Betty has been in private practice since 1982. She works with individuals, couples,
families, and groups and is also available for Service Dog owners. Betty leads a monthly
pet loss support group at the San Francisco SPCA.
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
1432 Higiera St., San Luis Obispo, CA , (805) 544-2266
Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
Rosemoor House: 400 New Bedford Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591
As of 1998, this organization is the only nonprofit in the entire country
promoting home hospice care for terminally ill pets. Their pet loss support
hotline continues to help people from all across the nation, as well as from
abroad. The foundation has trained pet loss support group facilitators to
operate a pet loss support group at the local humane society, and they hold
weekend pet loss support workshops on their own premises. Please check their
website for more information on specialized workshops and training sessions.
First International Symposium on Veterinary Hospice Care to be held at UC Davis
March 28 to 30, 2008.
Pet Bereavement/Terminal Illness Support Group
Colleen Linnertz, MA, IMF
Group uses creative arts to facilitate the grieving/healing process.
Call for schedule
Phone: (619) 301-3632
Peninsula Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group
12 Airport Boulevard
2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM.
Phone: (650) 340-7022, ext. 384
Drop in basis - no need to register.
Host: Elsa Ten Broeck, MSW
Pet Loss Counseling, Center for
9815 Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92131
Contact: Meg Kaufman, MFCC.
Meg Kaufman is a counselor in private practice who specializes in bereavement
counseling, especially for animal loss. She works with children, adolescents and adults.
Ms. Kaufman is also available to speak to groups concerning the loss of a pet. Her
background includes counseling in schools, hospices, outpatient psychiatric facilities and
in private practice.
Pet Loss Support/Grief
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Contact: Donna S. Melinkoff, M.A., MFCC.
Donna Melinkoff is a pet loss grief counselor. She provides individual, family,
group counseling and emotional support to help cope with loss. Donna has 20 years
experience as a social worker and licensed counselor, specializing in relationships, life
changes, transitions and grief/loss. She also provides talks, educational seminars, and
consultation to community groups, animal health care providers and schools.
Pet Loss Support Group -
7 - 9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month
Contact: Roy Gesley, (510) 752-7757 or Jill
Goodfriend, (510) 393-1359
This would be a compassionate service to grieving pet owners who would not have to
deal with a grieving widow. And it would also be a comfort to a grieving widow not
to have to deal with grieving pet owners.
Contact: Cecelia J. Soares, DVM, MS.
Dr. Soares is a veterinarian as well as a family therapist. Her support group meets
the 2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly from 6:30pm to 8:15pm. There is no fee for this service!
Pet Loss Support Group - Humane
Society of Santa Clara Valley
2530 Lafayette St., Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 727-3383, ext. 869
Contact: Helaine Ronen, MSW.
Helaine started this pet loss support group in 1997. It is for persons who animals
have died or for individuals considering euthanasia for their pet. The group meets four
times a month. Support groups are provided free of charge!
Pet Loss Support Group -
Oakland Humane Society
Oakland, Ca 94621
Contact: Carol Nobori
Pet Loss Workshops and
Julie D. Richard, RN, MPH
Grief and Loss Educator
PO Box 62
Carmel, CA 93921
Redwood Empire Veterinary
Medical Association (REVMA) Pet Loss Support Group
Cheri Barton Ross
C/O Montgomery Village Veterinary Clinic, 775 Farmers Ln., Santa Rosa, CA 95405
This group has been operating since 1990 and assists those who have experienced a
pet loss or who are anticipating one. Jane Sorensen, RN, MFCC, licensed marriage, family
and child counselor and Roger Lake, CH.T. (certified hypnotherapist) leads the group. The
group meets Tuesday night (excluding holidays) from 7:15pm to 8:30pm. The cost is $10 per
individual and $15 for couples and families.
San Diego County Pet
2058 Oxford Ave. Cardiff, CA 92007
Contact: Lorri Greene, Ph.D.
This program provides support and counseling for those pet owners who have lost or
are anticipating the loss of a pet. Free telephone consultations and low cost counseling
is available from a licensed psychologist.
San Diego Humane Society's Pet Loss
5500 Gaines Street, San Diego CA 92110
(619) 299-7012 ext 2311
Two groups available: one Saturday morning and one Tuesday
evening each month. Facilitated by Louisa Triandis, LCSW.
$25 fee per person, per group.
Santa Cruz SPCA Pet Loss
2200 7th Ave
Santa Cruz 95062
(408) 475-6454 or (408) 688-4968
This group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
Support for Animal Loss -
Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley
2530 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, Ca 95050
Julie Axelrod, Psy.D.
2425 Colorado Avenue, Suite 208
Santa Monica CA 90404
Dr. Axelrod is a licensed psychologist in Los Angeles, who works with families,
individuals (adult and children) and groups.
Sheila Frank, Ph.D.
311 Camino del Rio N., Ste. 400, 299 Jamacha Rd., Ste. 220, El Cajon,
CA, (619) 528-2399 ($10/group)
MS in Marriage Family Therapy
11712 Moorpark St. Suite 205
Studio City, CA 91607
Dr. Diane Kelley
1494 S. Robertson, Ste. 202, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr. Diane Kelley is a licensed psychologist with private practices located in Los
Angeles, Manhattan Beach and Costs Mesa. Since 1977, Dr. Kelley has provided services for
overcoming the grief of an anticipated loss or death of a pet. She also has advanced
training in pet grief therapy.
Carol Kimbrough, MA, MFT, RVT
17513 Country Park Way
Salinas, CA 93908
Licensed marriage & family therapist specializing in grief/loss and pet bereavement.
Extensive professional experience in veterinary practice; broad experience as an educator
at the community college level.
Anne de Lovinfosse, Ph.D.
Pet Loss Support Group and Individual Counseling, (415) 456-5502
Ann L. Palik, MA, MFT
12405 Venice Boulevard #200
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (310) 840-2341
Pet Psyc: Terri M. Austin, Ph.D.
Monterey, Ca. 93942
Pet Loss Counseling
Audrey Spector-Northrup, MA, MFCC
Nielson St., Albany, CA, (510) 704-5502
Bonnie Goodman, M.A., C.T.
Certified Thanatologist / Grief Counselor & Career Counselor
220 California Ave. Suite 120
Palo Alto, Ca. 94306
Melissa Lopez, LCSW
Psychotherapist, Specializing in Bereavement, including Pet Loss
107 South Fairoaks Ave. #312
Pasadena, CA 91105
Dr. Lani Chin, Psy.D.
Pet Bereavement Therapist, providing sliding scales services for those in
11704 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 255
Los Angeles, CA 90025
PET LOSS CEMETERIES AND
Alameda: Abbey Pet
Cremation, 1516 Oak St., Alameda, CA 94501-2947, (510) 865-8070
Anderson: Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 4721 Rhonda Rd., Anderson,
CA 96007-9006, (916) 365-9093
Atascadero: Oak Hills Memorial Pet Care, 1380 El Camino Rd., Atascadero, CA
93423, (805) 466-6607
Calabasas: Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, 5068 N. Old Scandia Lane, P.O. Box
8517, Calabasas, CA 91372-8517, (818) 591-7037,
Canoga Park: L.A. Pet Cemetery, Canoga Park, CA 91307, (818) 591-7037
Colma: Pet's Rest Cemetery & Crematorium, 1905 Hillside Blvd., Colma, CA
94014-2872, (650) 755-2201, http://www.petsrest.com,
Desert Hot Springs: Pet Cemetery Dogtown USA, 66330 Dillon Rd., Desert Hot
Springs, CA 92240-7109, (619) 329-6624
Fresno: Central California SPCA Columbarium & Cremation, 103 S. Hughes Ave.,
Fresno, CA 93706-1207, (559) 237-0134
Fresno: Fresno Pet Cemetery, 1500 W Nielsen Ave., Fresno, CA 93706-0013,
Garden Grove: Ashes to Ashes Pet Crematorium, 12752 Garden Grove Blvd.,
Garden Grove, CA 92643, (714) 537-1109
Gardena: Pet Haven Pet Cemetery, 18300 S. Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248
Huntington Beach: Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery, 19542 Beach Blvd, Huntington
Beach, CA 92648, (714) 962-7111
Los Angeles: Cal Pet Crematory, Los Angeles, CA 90000, (213) 875-0633
Los Angeles: Royal Pet Mortuary , 2554 Lincoln Blvd. Suite 325, Marina
del Rey, California 90291, (310) 313-2108,
Los Angeles: Memorial Services for Pets,
- offers graveside services and eulogies in the Los Angeles area.
Merced: Franklin Pet Cemetery, 2405 Ashby Rd., Merced, CA 95348-3557, (209)
Modesto: Pet Rest, 1649 Vineyard Hvn, Modesto, CA 95358-2272, (209) 521-5015
Napa Valley: Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park, 2462 Atlas Peak Road, Napa
Valley, CA, (707) 255-3456, http://www.bubbling-well.com,
Petaluma: My Pets Cemetery, 430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952-2063,
Royal Oaks: Monterey Bay Memorial Park, 885 Strawberry Road, Royal
Oaks, CA 95076, (831) 722-8722, http://www.lovedpet.com,
Sacramento: Cremation Services For Pets, 5410 Tyler St., Sacramento, CA
95842-3349, (916) 332-9881
Sacramento: Sacramento Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 9558 Gerber Rd.,
Sacramento, CA 95829-1123, (916) 423-1042
Sacramento: Sierra Hills Pet Cemetery, 6700 Verner Ave., Sacramento, CA
95841, (916) 732-2037
San Bernardino: Gateway Pet Cemetery Crmtry, 3450 Frontage Rd, San
Bernardino, CA 92407, (909) 885-1600
San Diego: AA Sorrento Valley Pet Cemetery, 10801 Sorrento Valley Rd, San
Diego, CA 92121, (619) 276-3361
San Diego: San Diego Pet Memorial Park, 8995 Crestmar Pt., San Diego, CA,
92121, (858) 909-0009, http://www.sandiegopetmemorial.com,
Santa Ana: Ashes To Ashes Pet Crematorium, 1745 W. 17th, Santa Ana, CA
92702, (714) 973-8820
Santa Barbara: Humane Society of Santa Barbara, 5399 Overpass Rd., Santa
Barbara, CA 93111-2082, (805) 964-4777 (offers cremations)
San Ramon:Pet Cremation Services, 2000 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583,
(925) 866-8387 X175, firstname.lastname@example.org Sebastopol: Whispering Pines Pet
Cemetery, 2601 Gravenstein Hwy S., Sebastopol, CA 95472-5248, (707) 823-5735
Sun Valley: Cal Pet Crematory, 9595 Glenoaks Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352,
Templeton: Eden Memorial Pet Care, serving San Luis Obispo County, Monterey
County, and San Benito County. 888-216-6127;
Tujunga: Royal Pet Mortuary , Tujunga, CA 91042, (818) 352-8251
Victorville: Desert View, 11500 Amargosa Road, Victorville, CA 92392
Visalia: Visalia Pet Cemetery, 30819 Road 14, Visalia, CA 93278, (209)
The above resources only serve as a guide.
Although I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist published in the field
of human loss and bereavement (Stress and Illness in the
Family: A Linear versus Family Life Space Perspective; The Child with Cancer: A
Life Space Study of Six Families), I do not have personal knowledge of the expertise
of any of those persons or facilities providing these pet loss services.
Rochelle Lesser, School Psychologist
President & Founder