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Pet Loss Hotlines
National Hotlines · State Hotlines · International Hotlines
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.
(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
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, email@example.com
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/, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/, email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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