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New Jersey Pet Loss Resources

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

(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.,,


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.

Augusta: Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT, Director of Bereavement, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center, 5 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822, 973-948-2283,, Pet Loss Support Group meets the third Monday of every month from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. No fee; no reservations required.

Madison: Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Judith Bess, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ. Meets the First Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm and the third Sunday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Call (973) 377-7094 for information and directions.

Marlton: Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Ste. 300, Marlton, NJ 08053, (856) 596-8550,, Groups are scheduled when enough participants have signed up, so call to get on the list or confirm the schedule.

Paramus: Susan Stone, LCSW, Oradell Animal Hospital, Winters Ave, Paramus, NJ, 201-262-0010, The group is free, open to the public. It runs every two weeks. Please RSVP to or 201-262-0010 ext. 152.

Somerset: Friends of Nikki, support group for preparing for and coping with pet illness and loss, meets 3rd Sunday of the month from 1 - 2:30pm. Contact Donna Kahora at 732-246-2124 or for information.

Woolwich: Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support, Saint Francis Veterinary Center, 392 Kings Highway, Woolwich, NJ, 484-453-8210,, Meets last Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m.


Augusta: Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT, Director of Bereavement, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center, 5 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822, 973-948-2283,,

Jersey City: Deborah Antinori, MA, LPC, FT, Director, Davison Counseling Center, (908) 507-4254,,

Marlboro: Bob Szita, MS, Contemporary Counseling Center of Marlboro, South Main Street, Marlboro, NJ 07746, 732-577-1076,,

Marlton: Center for Grief Support, Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Ste. 300, Marlton, NJ 08053, (856) 596-8550,,

Midland Park/Morristown: Nancy Saxton-Lopez, LCSW, DCSW, 201-447-1409,,

Morristown: Julie Corbin, Ph.D., 55 Madison Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-886-3294,,

Newton: Mark Littman, MA, LPC, NCC, 952 Mt. Benevolence Rd., Newton, NJ 07860, 973-300-5338. The death of a beloved pet can be devestating. When even words of sorrow and understanding expressed by well-meaning friends and family don't help, it might be time to seek counseling. I have worked with many people who are experiencing what you are going through and have gone through it myself numerous times. Sometimes only a few sessions are enough to help ease the pain but, of course, it might take longer. And because there is no time frame for grief, I have a reduced fee for those who see me for loss of a pet. [Offers phone counseling.],


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

Clifton: Faithful Companion Pet Cremation Services, 470 Colfax Avenue Clifton, New Jersey 07013, (973) 249-7200,,

Ewing: Friends Forever Pet Crematory & Memorial Center, 1879 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08618, (609) 882-1800,,

Hamilton: Hamilton Pet Meadow, 1500 Klockner Rd, Hamilton, NJ 08619, (609) 586-9660,,

Lafayette: Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park, 187 Route 94, Lafayette, NJ 07848, (973) 579-2171, (800) 972-3118; (handles horses)

Mahwah: Snow Mountain Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 30 Snow Mountain Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430, (201) 512-1366,,

Manasquan: Noah's Ark Pet Crematory, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ 08736, 732-528-6624,,

New Providence: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 419 S. St., New Providence, NJ 07974-2194, (908) 464-4875,,

Pennsauken: Paws to Heaven Pet Crematory, 9140-B Pennsauken Hwy, Pennsauken, NJ 08110, (800) 910-8138; (handles horses)

Secaucus: Pet Rest in Peace Memorial Center & Crematory, 900 Castle Road Suite C, Secaucus, NJ 07094, 201.770.1550,,

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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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