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Pet Loss Hotlines

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Please note that many pet loss hotlines have been discontinued in recent years due to lack of funding. This list is not just another copy of other lists online. Every hotline on this list has been confirmed as being active as of February 2011.

NATIONAL HOTLINES:

(Many hotlines listed by state, below, will also return calls nationwide.)

ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline - 877-GRIEF-10, http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss/

Iams Pet Loss Support Hotline - 1-888-332-7738 - M-F 9am-5pm, http://www.iams.com/en-ca/dog-article/pages/the_death_of_a_pet.aspx#2

STATE HOTLINES:

Colorado: 970-297-1242 - Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ft. Collins - M/F 9am-5pm MT. Call and leave a message and a counselor will return your call. http://www.argusinstitute.colostate.edu/clinic.htm. See the Counselor listing under Ft. Collins, below, for more info.

DC: (202) 966-2171 - The PAL Pet Loss Comfort Line can be accessed by calling the PAL office in Washington, D.C., Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5 pm. You will be referred to a PAL counselor. http://www.peopleanimalslove.org/our_programs.php#petloss, info@peopleanimalslove.org

Florida: The University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine pet loss hotline has been discontinued.

Illinois: (630) 325-1600 - Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (see "Support Groups"); leave message, calls will be returned beween 7-9 pm CST; long-distance calls will be returned collect. http://www.chicagovma.org/petlosssupport

Illinois: (877) 394-2273 - University of Illinois CARE Pet Loss Helpline - (toll-free) Sun/T/Th 7-9pm CST; voice mail messages will be returned. Local calls: (217) 244-2273. http://vetmed.illinois.edu/CARE/, griefhelp@vetmed.illinois.edu

Iowa: 319-338-3357 - Johnson County Humane Society HelpLine, JCHS, P.O. Box 2775, Iowa City, IA 52244-2775, http://www.johnsoncountyhumane.org/death.html, jchs@johnsoncountyhumane.org

Maryland: (540) 231-8038 - Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, T/Th 6-9 PM ET, http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/students/ots/events.html

Maryland: See DC.

Massachusetts: (508) 839-7966 - Tufts University veterinary school; M-F 6-9 pm ET; calls from outside Massachusetts will be returned at no charge. For more information, visit http://www.tufts.edu/vet/petloss/.

Michigan: (517) 432-2696 - Pet Loss Support Hotline, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm ET http://cvm.msu.edu/petloss/index.htm

New Jersey: (800) 404-PETS - PetFriends hotline. Outside of NJ Dial (856) 234-4688. Phones answered 24 hours a day. http://www.contactburlco.org/services/petfriends

New Jersey: (732) 542-0040 - Monmouth County SPCA - Bob Szita MS, LPC, Co-Director of Contemporary Counseling Center of Marlboro, NJ and Pet Loss Counselor for the Monmouth County SPCA will return calls at no charge to the public. http://monmouthcountyspca.org/services/bereavement-counseling/, http://www.actionartz.com/petlosshelpline.htm, ContactUs@ActionArtz.com

New York: (607) 253-3932 - Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline, T/Th 6-9 pm ET; messages will be returned, http://www.vet.cornell.edu/org/petloss/

New York: (877) GRIEF-10 - ASPCA - http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss/. You can also e-mail questions to Dr. Stephanie LaFarge at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-pet-loss/

Ohio: The Ohio State University Companion Animal Listening Line - discontinued April 2012.

Pennsylvania: 215-898-4556 - University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Mondays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m.; voicemails can be left at any time, and calls will be returned within those hours. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/PennVetGriefSupportAndSocialServices or http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/grief-support-social-services

Tennessee: Family & Children's Service "Sheba Pet Loss Line", Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 724-0228. 24/7 pet loss hotline. http://www.fcsnashville.org/

Texas: (214) 461-5131 - SPCA of Texas, Dallas. All calls are returned within 24 hours. http://www.spca.org/Page.aspx?pid=253

Virginia: (540) 231-8038 - Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, T/Th 6-9 PM ET, http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/students/ots/events.html

Virginia: See DC.

Washington: (866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704 - Washington State University, Pullman, College of Veterinary Medicine; http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/PLHL/; also offers e-mail support at plhl@vetmed.wsu.edu

INTERNATIONAL HOTLINES:

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. http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/petloss/, petloss@uoguelph.ca

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. http://www.scas.org.uk/1970/pet-loss-support-.html Also offers e-mail suppport - pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk


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  • Come to terms with the guilt we so often feel when a pet dies
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