Help in Florida


Grief Recovery Hotline

(800) 445-4808
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm PST

The Grief Recovery Institute
(888) 773-2683

The Iams Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline
(888) 332-7738 Monday thru Saturday, 8am to 8pm

College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline
(877) 394-2273
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.

American Society 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.
Contact: Stephanie LaFarge, Ph.D
New York City residents may be seen in person at the ASPCA headquarters.

University of California - Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline
(800) 565-1526
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 Pet Friends
(800) 404-PETS
P.O. Box 131
Moorestown, NJ 08057-0131
Long distance calls will be returned collect.

University of 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
Website -
This hotline will call back anyone, anywhere, at no cost to the caller.


The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Helpline
Emil and Mary Baukert. C/O Riser Animal Hospital, 5335 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL 60077
(630) 603-3994
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 returned collect.

Companion Animal Association of Arizona Pet Grief Support Hotline
P.O. Box 5006, Scottsdale, AZ 85261-5006
(602) 995-5885
This helpline is operated by trained volunteers 24 hours a day. Long distance calls will be returned collect.

Delta Society Pet Loss Support Hotline
Palm Springs Network
146 Pali, Palm Springs, Ca 92264
(619) 320-3298

Michigan State University Pet Loss Support, College of Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Center, C-100 East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-5064
Contact: 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 Support Hotline
(508) 839-7966
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 14853-6401
(607) 253-3932
Hours: 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST, Tuesday thru Thursday


Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
(540) 231-8038
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST


The 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 sessions.

Friday night, 8 - 10, EST. Dr. Wallace Sife, Moderator, Ellie Waldron, Co- host, and Karen Borga and Connie Starr, Assistant Hosts

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, Assistant Host

Wednesday night, 8 - 10, EST. Ellie Waldron, Moderator, Gayla Stone and Deborah Norman, Assistant Hosts

Anticipatory Chat: Thursday night, 8 - 10, EST. Lois Roach, Moderator, and Jenny Wilson, Assistant Host

Dr. Sife, Ellie, and Ursula can be reached at if you are in deep bereavement and need to communicate before their next scheduled chat time.

To enter a chat room session, just click here.


Animal Grieving Center

1408 Belle Vista Dr., Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 857-0190
Contact: Maryann Borgon, M.Ed.
Maryann Borgon offers a monthly support group at a fee of $10 (free to those of participating veterinary clinics). Telephone and individual consultations are available. Her services are provided for those of all ages coping with the loss or anticipated loss of a companion animal.

Pet Loss Support Group, Pinellas Animal Foundation
10825 Seminole Blvd., Bldg. A, Unit 3, Seminole, FL 34648 and Safety Harbor Public Library
(813) 347-PETS (7387)
Contact: Crystal (Blomgren) Finnis, M.S. & Judith Gammonley, R.N.C., Ed.D.
Monthly meetings of the Pet Loss Support Group are provided at no charge. Telephone reassurance including counseling/crisis intervention is provided as needed. Both of these pet loss counselors specialize in grief education and support.

Pinellas Animal Foundation Pet Loss Support
Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation
(813) 347-PETS or (813) 221-4804

Pet Loss Referral and Support - Judith Gammonley
660 Island Way, Apt. 303
Clearwater, FL 34630
(813) 446-5332

Bonnie Parsons, MA, LMHC
2916 Longbrooke Way
Clearwater, FL. 33760
(727) 524-6723

Father John Joseph Reid M.Ed.
Divine Mercy New Catholic Communities
2749 NE 10th Avenue
Wilton Manors, FL 33334
Phone: (954) 567-1930



Apopka: Greenbrier Memory Gardens for Pets, 3703 W. Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712, (407) 886-2620

Bradenton: Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory, 6060 28th St E, Bradenton, FL 34203-5303, (941) 751-5044,

Cape Coral: Cape Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 25 NE Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, FL 33909-2559, (941) 574-6202

Daytona Beach: Hush Puppy Kennels & Pet Cemetery, 3629 US Highway 92, Daytona Beach, FL 32124-1035, (904) 258-3591

Deland: Noahs Ark Boarding Kennel and Pet Cemetery, 3725 Marsh Rd., Deland, FL 32724-9713, (904) 736-9848

Freeport: Heavenly Days Animal Kingdom Pet Cemetery, 2969 W Hwy 20, Freeport, FL 32439, (904) 835-2340

Ft. Walton Beach: Kindred Hearts, Pet Bereavement Services, 29 Hughes Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, (850) 244-3800, Gainesville: Garden of Love Memorial Park, 4421 N. W. 14th Place, Gainesville, FL 32605, (352) 373-4252

Hudson: Love Pet Cemetery, 15936 Dane Lane, Hudson, FL 34667, (727) 868-5848,

Hudson: Pet Cremation Service, 18706 Gracie Lee, Hudson, FL 34669, (727) 856-7566

Jacksonville: Pet Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 12971 Saint Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32258-3481, (904) 268-3749

Kissimee:Trail's End [Crematorium], 970 N. Bass Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746-6338, (407) 396-6385,,

Lakeland: Pet Companions Crematorium, 2810 Mine & Mill Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801, (941) 667-1569

Longwood: Pleasant Haven Pet Cemetery, 1370 E. Williamson Rd., Longwood, FL 32750-7131, (407) 332-8313

Melbourne: Special Pet Burial Services, Melbourne, FL 32901, (407)( 951-3901

Miami: Pet Heaven Memorial Park Cemetery/Animal Disposal & Private Cremation, 10901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33174-1245, (305) 223-6515

N. Pinellas Park: Pinellas Memorial Pet Cemetery, 6505 85th Ave., N. Pinellas Park, FL 34665, (727) 544-1051

Ocala: Whispering Pines Pet Cemetery, 7360 SW 158th Ln., Ocala, FL 34470, (352) 237-3805

Okeechobee: Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery & Crematorium, 251 N.E. 300 St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, (941) 467-6377, (877) 332-3738 (toll free),,

Orlando: ALL Crematory, P.O. Box 547248, Orlando, FL 32854, (407) 886-0777,,

Orlando: Pine Castle Pet Crematory, 436 W Landstreet Rd., Orlando, FL 32824-7838, (407) 851-6292

Palmetto: Companions Memorial Park , 7777 Bayshore Rd., Palmetto, FL 34221-9756, (941) 722-5507;

Panama City: Pet Haven Cemetery by Poodle-A-Rama, 6704 Boatrace Rd., Panama City, FL 32404-9617, (904) 871-0800

Pensacola: Gulf Coast Pet Crematory, 4771 Bayou Blvd., PMB 194, Pensacola, Florida 32503, 850-437-9639, Fax: 850-434-2499

Pensacola: Pet Cremation Network, 8084 N. Davis Hwy., PMB 140., Pensacola, FL 33514, (850) 477-2563,,

Pinellas Park: Pinellas Memorial Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 6500 86th Ave., Pinellas Park, FL 34666-4715, (727) 544-1051

Plantation: Broward Pet Cemetery, 11455 NW 8th St., Plantation, FL 33325-1506, (954) 476-0743

Punta Gorda: Pet Haven Cemetery, 27200 Jones Loop Rd., Punta Gorda, FL 33982-2384, (941) 637-0332

Sarasota: All Pets Memorial Gardens, 9725 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34220-4262, (941) 371-1200

Sarasota: Sandy Lane Pet Cemetery, 5830 Hagerman Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232-6118, (941) 371-1223

Satsuma: All Care Pet Crematory, 720 S. Hwy. 17, Satsuma, FL 32189, (904) 325-8700

Sebastian: Shady Oak Pet Crematory, Sebastian, FL 32978, (407) 664-5536

Tampa Bay Area: Companions Memorial Park , 7777 Bayshore Rd., Palmetto, FL 34221-9756, (941) 722-5507;

Titusville: Best Friends Cremation, 685 Childre Avenue, Titusville, Fl. 32796, 321-264-2399

Venice: Driftwood Pet Memorial Gardens & Crematories, 800 Laurel Ave., Venice, FL 34292-2719, (941) 485-6672

Vero Beach: Indian River Pet Cemetery, 8190 8th St., Vero Beach, FL 32968-9615, (407) 562-4135

W. Palm Beach: Paradise Pet Cemetery, 5490 Purdy Ln., West Palm Beach, FL 33415-7246, (407) 965-5677

W. Palm Beach: Pet Columbarium (mausoleum), memorial garden and crematory, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, 561-686-6722

Zephyrhills: Faithful Friends Pet Cremation, 5221 8th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33542, (813) 788-3065;



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

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