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

(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.,


Alexandria: Kathy Reiter, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304, 703-746-4774,, Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the shelter's community room. Free; all welcome.

Fairfax: Kathy Reiter, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, (703) 830-1100, Meets 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania: The Rite Circle Pet Bereavement Support Group, meets every second Tuesday 7 p.m. at the CRRL; contact Animal Rites, 540-361-7487,

Richmond: Dr. Sandra Barker, Center for Human-Animal Interaction, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 804-828-PAWS,, Call for times and eligibility; this group may be open only to clients of specific organizations.

Virginia Beach: Tyler Carmack, Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice, 4028 Rampart Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, 757-474-5968,, Free support group; meetings begin in January 2012.


Alexandria: Christina Richardson, PhD, SFO, 2201 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703) 683-2949,,

Alexandria: Dr. Ursula Weide, PhD, JD, LPC, FT, 801 N. Pitt Street, Suite 113, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-3866,,

Arlington: Mary Azoy, LPC, Arlington, VA 22203, 703-943-7139,,

Elk Creek: Beth Abernathy, When A Pet Dies, 276-655-3995, Richmond: Dr. Sandra Barker, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction, P.O. Box 980710, Richmond, VA 23298-0710 (804) 828-4570.,

Richmond: Martha Ann Spruill, LCSW, 5610 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226, 804-405-0939,,

Spotsylvania: Melanie R. Sheppard, LPC, Spotsylvania, VA 22551, 540-429-2977,

Winchester: Hillary Brooks, LCSW, Counseling and Consultant Services, 930 Barksdale Lane, Winchester, VA 22601, 540-535-5397,

Yorktown: Susanna Horner,, 6515 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Suite 100, Yorktown, VA 23692, 757-788-9636.,


Hamilton: Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services, LLC, P.O. Box 713, Hamilton, VA 20159, 571-438-0339,, Acupuncture, Rehabilitation, Hospice, and Euthanasia services in the comfort and dignity of your home.

Hampton Roads Area: Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. Dr. Melanie Cohen and Dr. Angela Bross service all areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and parts of southeast Maryland and Richmond, VA.,,, (757) 401-6195, (757) 912-5275

Purcellville: Dr. Sallie Hyman, Forever Home In-Home Pet Euthanasia, 19908 Willowin Farm Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, 571-246-3508,,

Reston: Beth Badgett, DVM, CVA, Gentle Vet Housecalls, Acupuncture for Pets, (703) 501-6428,,

Virginia Beach: Dr. Tyler Carmack, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, 757-474-5968,, In-home euthanasia, hospice care and support group, serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake.

Virginia Beach: Dr Tom Wood, Virginia Beach, VA, 757-373-1863,, Available 24/7 for Southhampton Roads, the Peninsula, and the southern Easternshore of Virginia.


Abingdon: Faithful Pets Cremation and Burial Care, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210; P.O. Box 227, Abingdon, VA 24212; (276) 623-2738;,

Alexandria: Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304, 703-746-4774,, (cremation)

Alexandria: Sunset Pet Services, Inc., 5521 Vine St., Alexandria, VA 22310-1017, 703-971-4120,,

Amelia Court House: Sweet Dreams Pet Crematory, P.O. Box 167, Amelia Court Hse, VA 23002-0167, (804) 561-6096,

Amherst: Blue Ridge Cemetery, run by the Humane Society of Amherst County, 318 Shelter Lane, Amherst, VA 24521 (P.O. Box 614, Amherst, VA 24521), (434) 946-9410,,

Bristol: Oakley-Blevins Funeral Home, 417 Lee Street, Bristol, VA 24201, 276-669-6141, (works through Adored Pets Crematory, Elizabethton, TN -

Castlewood: Castlewood Funeral Home, 80 Donnie Dean Dr., Castlewood, VA 24224, (276) 762-0764, (works through Adored Pets Crematory, Elizabethton, TN -

Chantilly: Heavenly Paws Cremations, 14522L Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151, 703-378-8378,,

Chantilly: In Memoriam Pet Services, 4500 Upper Cub Run Dr., Chantilly, VA 20151, 571-835-0540, ,

Chesapeake: Great Meadows Pet Cremations, 1010 Cedar Road, Suite 102, Chesapeake, VA 23322, (757) 410-5629,,

Damascus: Garrett Funeral Home, 203 N. Shady Ave., Damascus, VA 24236, 276-475-5902, (works through Adored Pets Crematory, Elizabethton, TN -

Disputanta: Old Orchard Hall Pet Cemetery, 10301 County Line Rd., Disputanta, VA 23842-7336, (804) 991-2066

Falls Church: Noah's Ark Pet Cemetery Inc., 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-560-4400 ext.4737 (Kimberly Mosser), Serves Virginia, Maryland, DC areas.

Fredericksburg: Animal Rites, USA, 540-361-7487, P.O. Box 495, Fredericksburg;, Funeral/Memorial Services: Pick up and delivery for cremations and accompaniment services.

Fredericksburg: Sunset Memorial Gardens, 3702 Loren Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-898-3369,

Lovettsville: Rainbow Bridge Pet Services (crematory), Operations Office: 39693 Rocky Lane, Lovettsville, VA 20180, 703-973-5088,, Serving Loudon County and surrounding area.

Newport News: Peninsula Pet Cremations, 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23608, 757-874-2681, Chris Sisler, Manager,,

Richmond: Allied Animal Hospital & Pet Crematory, 7209 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23294-3601, (804) 672-7200

Richmond: Richmond Pet Memorial Park and Cremation Service, Richmond, VA 23229, (804) 321-5055. Cemetery is located in Doswell, cremation service in Ginter Park.

Roanoke: Pet Haven Memorial Gardens, Roanoke Valley SPCA, 1340 Baldwin Ave NE, Roanoke, VA 24012, 540-344-4840,

Rocky Mount: Lyle's Pet Cremations, 5625 Fork Mountain Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151, (540) 489-5279,,

Sandston: Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery, c/o Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Dr., Sandston, VA 23150, (804) 737-6027,

Staunton: Heidi Memorial Pet Cemetery, 1921 Shutterlee Mill Rd., Staunton, VA 24401, (540) 885-5738

Suffolk: Paw Prints Crematory, LLC, Parr Funeral Home, 3515 Robs Dr., Suffolk, VA 23434, (757) 539-3997,,

Virginia Beach: Cherish Pet Cremation Services, Inc., 2284 London Bridge Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456, 757-630-2926,,

Virginia Beach: Garden of the Pines Pet Cemetery, 2685 Salem Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, (757) 427-1537,,

Virginia Beach: Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater, 105 Happy Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, (757) 340-0016,,

Yorktown: Hampton Road Pet Cremation Services, 1120 Route 17, Yorktown, VA 23693, (757) 596-7100 #3,

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