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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 November 2017.


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.,

Maryland: (540) 231-8038 - Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, T/Th 6-9 PM ET,

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

New Jersey: (800) 404-PETS - PetFriends hotline. Outside of NJ Dial (856) 234-4688. Phones answered 24 hours a day.

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.,,

New York: (607) 253-3932 - Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline, T/Th 6-9 pm ET; messages will be returned,

Texas: (214) 461-5131 - SPCA of Texas, Dallas. All calls are returned within 24 hours.

Virginia: (540) 231-8038 - Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, T/Th 6-9 PM ET,

Virginia: See DC.

Washington: (866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704 - Washington State University, Pullman, College of Veterinary Medicine;; also offers e-mail support at


Canada: Winnipeg: 204-988-8804 - The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) has volunteers trained in loss and grief counselling who can help you. Please call the WHS pet loss & grief support line at 204-988-8804. Please leave your name, telephone number and the best time to reach you. Messages are checked throughout the day and returned as soon as possible.

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 -

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Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet is now available as an e-book (PDF) for just $5!
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When a pet dies, you want help... fast!

You'll find it in Moira Allen's Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet. In a book filled with comfort, compassion and support, you'll find the tools and tips you need to:
  • Understand the feelings you're going through -- and find ways to ease the pain
  • "Say good-bye" with memorials, tributes and other coping strategies
  • Help your children and other family members deal with their grief
  • Deal with people who "just don't understand"
  • Help surviving pets cope with the loss of a missing companion
  • Come to terms with the guilt we so often feel when a pet dies
  • Handle the agonizing decision of euthanasia
  • Choose the best and most comforting "final resting place" for your pet
  • Determine when and how to bring a new companion into your home (how soon is too soon?)
  • Improve your chances of recovering a lost or stolen pet
  • Help a friend cope with loss

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