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Please note that dates and times of support group meetings often change without notice. Be sure to visit the website and/or contact the organization in advance to confirm meeting times and locations.

Eden Prairie: Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service Pet Loss & Grief Support Group, 7721 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, 952-746-5752, Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at the AEVS Business office, 7-8pm. Free. Call to confirm scheduling before attending.

Golden Valley: Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422, 763/489-2205, Pet Loss Support group meets Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, please call 612-730-6016.

Oakdale: Heidi Brenegan, Animal Emergency Clinic & Referral Center, 1163 Helmo Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128, 651-501-3766, 4th Tuesday evening of each month from 7-8:30 pm. , Reservations not required, but appreciated; please contact Heidi at (651) 501-3759, extension 114, if you plan to attend!

Rochester: Center for Grief Education and Support, Seasons Hospice, 1696 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester MN 55902, (507)285-1930,, Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6-7 p.m. We provide a safe place to share your story as well as grief materials specific to Pet Loss.

St. Paul: Companion Animal Love, Loss and Memories Group (CALLM) Group, University of Minnesota Veterinary Social Work Services, 1365 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108. Meets at the Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center, Room 115 (see webpage for map and directions). Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Call to confirm schedule before attending. For more information and to reserve your seat, please contact VMC Social Work Services at 612-624-9372.


Mendota Heights: Lisa Havelin, Lisa Havelin Pet Loss and Grief Counseling supporting the Human-Animal Bond, 2 Hingham Circle, Mendota Heights, MN, 651-230-4035,,

St. Paul: Jeffrey Raich, MSW, LICSW, 1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 340, St. Paul, Mn, 55108, 651-312-4557,,


Minneapolis: Tracy Corcoran, DVM, Blue Skies Pet Euthanasia and Hospice Services LLC, Minneapolis, MN, 651-332-4763,,

Minneapolis: Pet Loss At Home, One Hour Radius of Minneapolis, 8am-8pm, Seven Days A Week, Within 1-3 Hours Notice. Multiple Veterinarians, Better Availability. 877-219-4811,

Twin Cities Extended Area: MN Pets. We are here for you every step of the way. Whether you are navigating end-of-life decisions, understanding the cremation options, or are grieving and need someone to talk to, our experienced client support specialists are trained to help you. When it's time to end your pet's pain and suffering, our veterinarians will come to your home. Our team consists of veterinarians, client support specialists, and a veterinary social worker, and we are here to support and guide you through this emotional time. Call (612) 354-8500 or email Seven days a week. Read memorials at or visit for more details.


Please note that most veterinary clinics and many SPCAs/humane societies also offer cremation services.

Anoka: Midwest Cremation Service of Minnesota, 20323 St Francis Blvd, Anoka MN, (763) 753-5510,,

Edina: Pet Cremation Services of Minnesota, 5249 West 73rd Street Suite F, Edina, MN 55439, 952-925-1234,,

Golden Valley: Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422, 952-435-7738,,

E. Grand Forks: Pet Haven Cemetery, 40935 190th St. SW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721, 218-773-3432,,

New Brighton: Pets Remembered Cremation Service, 15 2nd Ave SE, New Brighton, MN, 651-633-4564,,

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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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