Companion Animal / Pet Loss

Clara kittyWINTERSPRING RESOURCES

We have trained volunteers — animals lovers, all —  who know how to listen and understand the depth of grieve that can be evoked when a beloved furry friend dies.
Call 541-552-0620 for more information.

 

REGIONAL AND NATIONAL RESOURCES

***   Any Pet Loss Hotline Associated with a Veterinary School will likely not be staffed during summer hours.   ***

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
PET LOSS HOTLINE: 1-877-GRIEF-10
NOTE:  This line is staffed primarily by people whose main concern is animal welfare. They may voice opinions about euthanasia.

C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline
The CARE Helpline was developed to provide a supportive outlet for people experiencing the actual or anticipated loss of their cherished companion animal.
The Helpline is staffed by veterinary students who understand the importance of the bond you share with your animal friend and the emotions involved when that bond is threatened or altered.  http://vetmed.illinois.edu/CARE/
Line is staffed Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00 – 7:00 pm PST.
Toll-free telephone number is:  1-877-394-CARE (2273).

DoveLewis Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support
Veterinary hospital in Portland with extensive pet loss information and resources. Topics include:  Grief Support, Memorialize a Pet, Sympathy Cards, Pet Loss Journal, Memorial Tree, DoveLewis Bricks, Memorial Art Therapy Workshops, Pet Loss Support Blog, and other Pet Loss Resources
24-hour Pet Loss Message Line: 503-234-2061
http://www.dovelewis.org/community-services/pet-loss-support/

Companion Animal Association of Arizona
Helpline plus lots of other links/resources. This is a non-profit organization.
This number does not take messages, but when it is staffed they are able to listen and give ideas and resources for further support.
Pet Grief Helpline: 602-995-5885
http://www.caaainc.org/petgriefsupport.htm

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University
“The Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline seeks to serve the community-at-large by providing both a resource for people grieving the loss of a pet, and an opportunity for our veterinary students to acquire the skills needed for pet loss and grief counseling.”
During the academic year:  Monday – Thursday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
During the summer:  Hours vary, please call for more information; 24 hour voicemail
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 508-839-7966
http://vet.tufts.edu/petloss/

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support
Pet loss grief hotline and many other high quality resources from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
1-866-266-8635 or 509-335-5704
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/pet-loss-hotline

Pet Loss Help
http://www.petlosshelp.org/home.html
A wealth of information and resources, pet memorials, bereavement literature and links, pet loss blog, Q & A, etc.

Center for Loss & Life Transition
From their website:  “Led by grief counselor and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, we are an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them.”
Pet Loss books and other resources
www.centerforloss.com/bookstore-category/for-adults/pet-loss/?utm_content=5f4890122c96f9221363e34b2b1568bc&utm_campaign=Resources%20for%20After%20Pet%20Dies&utm_source=Robly.com&utm_medium=email

Lightning Strike Pet Loss Support
http://www.lightning-strike.com/index.htm
This not-for-profit pet loss support site was created after the death of beloved best friend “Tribble,” a 19 pound Maine Coon cat.  It offers articles, links, a chat room, pet loss book list, forums, and other resources. It’s called “Lightning Strike” because it provides “lightning-fast” support “for pet lovers grieving over the death of a pet, a dying pet, sick pet, or a lost pet…no matter if they walk, crawl, fly, hop, or swim our great planet.”

Pet Bereavement Resources List
Online starting point for a wide variety of pet/companion animal loss resources.
http://catanddoghelp.com/animals/bereavement.php

The RALPH Site  (named after beloved kitty, Ralph) ~ Pet Loss Support http://www.theralphsite.com/
This not-for-profit British site has extensive emotionally supportive and practical information. Resources include information on euthanasia and aftercare options; grief emotions and management; ways to memorialize your furry friend, including an opportunity to create an online memorial; private online forums and ways to interact via Facebook with others grieving the loss of a beloved animal.

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Online article on loss of a companion animal
http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animals/the-loss-of-a-companion-animal.aspx