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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 &
Marlynn Wei, MD, JD
Union Square, Manhattan
Dr. Marlynn Wei is a therapist and psychiatrist who specializes in pet loss and
grief counseling. She has individual and group therapy available.
Marian A. McClellan, LCSW
185 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Marian A. McClellan works with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a special
interest in and personal experience with pet loss and bereavement.
"Paw to Heart". Pet
Bereavement Support Group
P.O. Box 317 Massapequa, NY 11758
Contact: Medea D. Berkman, Supportive Care Counselor
This group meets monthly with telephone counseling available in the interim.
Educational materials on the grief process are distributed at each meeting. The group is
free of charge, but does accepts donations. Ms. Berkman is a trained mental health/HIV
counselor and a former veterinary assistant/technician with degrees in psychology and
animal science. She is also Vice President of the newly formed
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
Pet/People Problems - Education
145 E. 15th Street, Suite 1F, New York, NY 10003
Contact: Dr. Carole E. Fudin
Dr. Fudin provides individual and family counseling for pet loss and euthanasia
Naomi Taicher, C.S.W.
498 West End Avenue Suite 1D, New York, NY 10024
Naomi Taicher has experience helping individuals, couples and groups address many
issues including grief related to loss of human and animal companions. She is also
available for presentations and workshops on pet loss and bereavement.
Victoria Wurman, C.S.W.
337 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014
Victoria Wurman works with adults and teenagers and group work is her specialty. Ms.
Wurman is particularly interested in helping people with issues involved in nursing a
chronically ill animal.
Contact: Andrea Gibbs, C.S.W.
A.G. Associates offers individual, family and group companion animal counseling
services. Counseling is available to address illness, euthanasia and bereavement issues.
Ms Gibbs has over 20 years of experience as a companion animal specialist.
Holistic Consulting Centre
29 Lyman Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305
Contact: Barbara Meyers, CGT
Barbara Meyers specializes in animal related loss and grief. She is a Symposia
lecturer at the foundation of Thanatology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and
associate faculty member of the Seminar on Death at Columbia University. Long distance
consultations are provided and an initial phone consultation is available without cost.
Literature is also available upon request.
Pet Loss Support Program
The Animal Medical Center. 510 E. 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021
William Solz, CSW, CASAC
710A Prospect Place
Bellmore, NY 11710
(631) 783-8358 ext. 51
Wallace Sife, Ph.D.
1420 Ocean Parkway Apt. 4J
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 339-3592 (also fax ) (718) 382-0690
Email: Sife@aol.com /
Pioneer in pet bereavement and founder-President of APLB.
Barbara W. Zukowski, B.S., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.-R
Maspeth Holistic Psychotherapy Services
61-19 56th St.
Maspeth, NY 11378-3312
Irene Javors, M.Ed.
32-22 89th Street #605
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Phone/fax: (718) 476-7834 Answering service: (212) 946-6465
Mary-Hale (Toni) Andres, BA
Lansing, NY 14882
(607) 257-2213 fax: (607) 253-3527
Liz Margolies, CSW
9 Patchin Place
New York City, NY 10011
Liz Margolies leads a free drop-in pet loss
support group on the first and third Wednesday of
each month at Animal General, 140 West 67th Street in New York. She also trains
paraprofessional bereavement counselors and lecture on the human/animal bond in this
country and around
MSW, CSW, Certified Psychoanalyst
498 West End Avenue, Suite 1D
New York City , NY 10024
Victoria Buskirk Macia, MSW
2038 Route 376 Suite 2
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(914) 462-0439 fax: (914) 462-2694
Jennifer Breslow, LCAT
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 508
New York, NY 10010
Jennifer Breslow is a licensed psychotherapist, art therapist and animal lover
in private practice in New York City. She has been trained as a pet loss and
bereavement counselor by the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, and has
extensive experience working with people who are dealing with depression,
anxiety, and the pain of grief and loss. She offers individual and group pet
PET LOSS CEMETERIES AND
Albany: Memory's Garden,
1207 Greenwich Dr., Albany, NY 12203, (518) 355-4030
Binghamton: Allens Pet Cemetery, 1946 State Route 12, Binghamton, NY
13901-5515, (607) 648-5246
Brooklyn: Aldstate Pet Cremation Services, 306 83rd St., Brooklyn, NY, (718)
Brooklyn: Pet Crematory Service, 1724 Bath Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11214, (718)
Bullville: Abbingdon Hill Pet Animal Cemetery, Bullville, NY 10915, (914)
Cato: Breezy Pines Pet Cemetery, 2447 Veley Road, Cato, NY 13033, (315)
Ellenburg Depot: Drownwood Forest Pet Cemetery, Box 163, 13 Cemetery Lane,
Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935, (518) 594-7500
Farmingdale: Eternal Light Pet Cremations , 124 Marine St., Farmingdale,
NY 11735-5608, (516) 756-7944
Hartsdale: Hartsdale Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 75 N. Central Park Ave.,
Hartsdale, NY 10503, (800) 375-5234, (914) 949-2583, http://www.petcem.com/,
Hyde Park: Faithful Companion Pet Memorial Park & Cremation, 636 Violet
Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538, (845) 452-7722
Marion: Evergreen Hill Pet Cemetery, Ball Rd., Marion, NY 14505, (315)
Middle Island: Regency Forest Pet Memorial Park, 760 Middle Country Road,
Middle Island, NY 11953, (516) 345-0600
Montgomery: Abbington Hill Pet Cemetery, 148 Youngblood Road, Montgomery, NY
12549, (914) 361-2200
New York: We Kare Kennels , 410 W. 220th St., New York, NY 10034, (212)
Saratoga Springs: Saratoga Pet Cemetery, RR 9, Saratoga Springs, NY
12866-9809, (518) 587-2662
Seneca: Pine Rest Pet Cemetery, 757 Seneca Creek Rd., West Seneca, NY
14224-2420, (716) 674-9470
Staten Island: Richmond Valley Pet Crematory, 4913 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten
Island, NY 10309-2630, (718) 966-6381
Stephentown: Breezy Nook Pet Crematory, 450 Presbyterian Hill Road,
Stephentown, NY 12168, (518) 733-9896
Syracuse: Pet Haven Cemetery, 4501-3 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215,
Troy:Rolling Acres Pet Cemetery, 1365 Tamarac Road, Troy, NY, 518-663-5122
Utica: My Pet Memorial Park, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502, (315)
Wantagh: Bide-A-Wee Home Assn. Pet Memorial Park, 3300 Beltagh Ave.,
Wantagh, NY 11793-3335, (516) 785-6153
W. Babylon: Pet Crematory Service, 164 Cabot St., W. Babylon, NY 11704,
(516) 293-2929, http://www.petcrematory.com
W. Chazy: Drownwood Forest National Pet Cemetery, 3701 Military Tpke., West
Chazy, NY 12992-2811,
W. Rush: Rush Inter Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 139 Rush Road, West Rush, NY
14543, (716) 533-1685
Rainbow Ridge Pet Cemetery &
Crematory, Inc., 146 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524; (845) 897-9710; email:
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