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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.,


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.

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.

Ashburn: Day by Day Pet Support Circle, Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services, 20600 Gordon Park Square, Suite 170, Ashburn, VA 20147. Facilitated by Marcia Keene, LPC, LMFT, CRP. Meets the first Monday of the month, 7-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 484-453-8210 or,,

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.

Richmond: Dr. Sandra Barker, Center for Human-Animal Interaction, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 804-827-PAWS,, Telephone support; open only to clients of participating organizations. Call for times and eligibility.

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.


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

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.,


Ashburn: Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services, LLC, 20600 Gordon Park Square, Suite 170, Ashburn, VA 20147, 571-438-0339,, (See support group listing above.)

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, Comfort Care for Soulmates: Pet Hospice and In Home Euthanasia, (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.


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

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

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: The Pet Loss Center Hampton Roads, 1100 Eden Way North, Ste. 103, Chesapeake, VA 23320, 757.961.3663,,

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

Richmond: Pet Cremation Services & Richmond Pet Memorial Park, 3815 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, VA 23227, (804) 321-5055, Cemetery is located in Doswell, cremation service in Ginter Park.

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

Sandston: Agape Pet Services (cremation), 1001 Tech Park Place, Sandston, VA 23150, 804-737-8400,

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,,

Virginia Beach: - see Chesapeake

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

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  • "Say good-bye" with memorials, tributes and other coping strategies
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  • 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
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  • Improve your chances of recovering a lost or stolen pet
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