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Grief Recovery Hotline

(800) 445-4808
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm PST

The Grief Recovery Institute
(888) 773-2683

The Iams Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline
(888) 332-7738 Monday thru Saturday, 8am to 8pm

College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline
(877) 394-2273
The C.A.R.E. Helpline is staffed by veterinary students who have have received training from grief counselors. They also receive supervision from a licensed psychologist.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Pet Loss Hotline
424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128
(800) 946-4646, 24 hours a day - use your keypad to punch in the pin number 140-7211 and then your own phone number. The call will be returned immediately.
Contact: Stephanie LaFarge, Ph.D
New York City residents may be seen in person at the ASPCA headquarters.

University of California - Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline
(800) 565-1526
6:30pm to 9:30pm PST Monday thru Friday
Summer Hours: 6:30pm to 9:30pm PST Tuesday thru Thursday
Calls may be returned collect if no counselor is currently available.

Pet Loss Support Pet Friends
(800) 404-PETS
P.O. Box 131
Moorestown, NJ 08057-0131
Long distance calls will be returned collect.

University of Florida Pet Loss Support Hotline, Gainesville
(352) 392-4700, Ext. 4080
Staffed by University of Florida Veterinary students
Calls will be returned 7pm to 9pm EST
Website -
This hotline will call back anyone, anywhere, at no cost to the caller.


The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Helpline
Emil and Mary Baukert. C/O Riser Animal Hospital, 5335 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL 60077
(630) 603-3994
This Helpline was established in 1993. It provides referral materials on professional grief counseling and information packets on the areas of children & grief, euthanasia, pet loss & the elderly, and a pet loss bibliography. A volunteer will pick up voice messages and call back between 7pm and 9pm CST every evening. Long distance calls will be returned collect.

Companion Animal Association of Arizona Pet Grief Support Hotline
P.O. Box 5006, Scottsdale, AZ 85261-5006
(602) 995-5885
This helpline is operated by trained volunteers 24 hours a day. Long distance calls will be returned collect.

Delta Society Pet Loss Support Hotline
Palm Springs Network
146 Pali, Palm Springs, Ca 92264
(619) 320-3298

Michigan State University Pet Loss Support, College of Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Center, C-100 East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-5064
Contact: Sally Walshaw, M.A., V.M.D.
The Hotline is staffed by veterinary student volunteers from 6:30pm to 9:30pm EST on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
(508) 839-7966
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 6:00pm to 9:00 pm EST

Companion Animal Hospital Pet Loss Support Hotline
Box 35, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
(607) 253-3932
Hours: 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST, Tuesday thru Thursday


Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
(540) 231-8038
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST


The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement's Chat Rooms are designed to provide a safe and supportive haven for those who have lost a beloved animal companion. Discussions are not ones for social chatting, as they are solely designated to cover topics related to pet loss and bereavement. It is important to note that while these chat rooms are caring and highly effective discussions, they should not be confused with clinical psychological counseling sessions. Rather, the focus is solely on pet bereavement. Although the tone is one of compassion and constructive supportiveness, this association cannot always regulate the variables that may arise in such an environment. In addition, advice or other considerations that are offered should not be construed as part of a professional counseling session. Those who are newly bereaved and visiting a chat room for the first time should try to come in as early as possible. In that way, more individual attention can be provided as chats can get crowded later on in the sessions.

Friday night, 8 - 10, EST. Dr. Wallace Sife, Moderator, Ellie Waldron, Co- host, and Karen Borga and Connie Starr, Assistant Hosts

Sunday afternoon, 2 - 4, EST. Sarah Robinson, Moderator, and Valerie Brideau, Assistant Host

Monday night, 8 - 10, EST. Ursula Brower, Moderator, Sarah Robinson and Laurie Koen Co-hosts, and Sue Laue, Assistant Host

Wednesday night, 8 - 10, EST. Ellie Waldron, Moderator, Gayla Stone and Deborah Norman, Assistant Hosts

Anticipatory Chat: Thursday night, 8 - 10, EST. Lois Roach, Moderator, and Jenny Wilson, Assistant Host

Dr. Sife, Ellie, and Ursula can be reached at if you are in deep bereavement and need to communicate before their next scheduled chat time.

To enter a chat room session, just click here.


Changes: Support for People and Pets Program

Colorado State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-1242
Contacts: Carolyn Butler, M.S., Director; Dana Durrance, Asst. Director; Shelley Haddock, M.S., Grief Counselor
The Changes Program, one of the most comprehensive in the U.S., provides counseling services on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Wednesdays from 9:00am to 12noon. They recently published the textbook, "The Human-Animal Bond and Grief."

"When You Lose a Pet" Pet Loss Support Group
The Human-Animal Bond Trust (non profit 501(c)(3) group)
1780 S. Bellaire St., #103, Denver, CO 80222-4330 or 2951 Hanover Ct., Watkins, CO 80137-7114
(303) 759-1251 or (303) 851-7265
E-Mail: or
Contacts: Peter L. Poses, Ph.D., LMFT, Peggy Dixon
Sponsored by the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS), this group is a no-cost drop-in meeting which meets every Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the DAVMS. They are led by licensed professional psychotherapists.

The Front Range Pet Loss/Human-Animal Bond Support Network
The Front Range Center for Changing Family Relations
1006 Robertson St. #202A, Ft. Collins, CO 80524-3925
(303) 851-7265
Contact: Peter L. Poses, Ph.D., LMFT and Ruth M. Gussman, DVM
This network provides support, information, and referral services for individuals and families.

Linda A. Weitzel, MA, LPC
634 Main St. #7, Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 242-6954
Linda is a licensed professional counselor in private practice. Linda works with those experiencing grief and bereavement. She provides individual and group therapy as well as support groups.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pet Loss Support
Colorado State University
300 W. Drake Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-1242

Greg Couger M.Ed.
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Greg's group meets every Friday at 5:30 P.M. at Alternatives: 103 S. Washatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, Co 80903. A minimal donation is requested to help defray costs.

Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society Pet Loss Support Group
1780 S. Bellaire, Suite 701
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 759-1251

Tamina Toray, Ph.D.
Director of Family Support Service
Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State University
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1620
(970) 491-1242 fax: (970) 491-1254

Teresa (Teri) Nelsen, M.Ed, MS
Assistant Director of Family Support Services
Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State University
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1620
(970) 491-1242 fax: (970) 491-1254

Marsha Olson, MA
PO Box 1694,
Lyons, CO 80540
Phone: (720) 732-6095



Colorado Springs: Green Acres Pet Cemetery & Crematory, 217 E Fillmore St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907-6218, (719) 444-0404

Colorado Springs: Homeward Bound Pet Crematorium, 513 Iowa Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80909, (719) 636-1036,

Colorado Springs: Pet Rest Memorial Park, 55 Rock Creek Canyon Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80926-9710, (719) 576-0496

Commerce City: Denver Pet Cemetery, 5721 E. 72nd Ave., Commerce City CO 80022, (303) 288-0177

Evergreen: Evergreen Memorial Park, 26624 N. Turkey Creek Rd., Evergreen, Colorado 80439, (303) 674-7750,

Ft. Collins: Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory, 5819 E Highway 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524-9268, (970) 482-7557

Grand Junction: Final Paws, 356B Ridge Circle Dr., Grand Junction, CO 81503, (970) 242-7417

Pueblo: Green Acres Pet Cemetery and Crematory , 5450 Hwy 78 W., Pueblo, CO 81005, (719) 564-3131

Pueblo: Montgomery Steward Funeral Directors Inc, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003, 719-542-1552,



The above resources only serve as a guide. Although I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist published in the field of human loss and bereavement (Stress and Illness in the Family: A Linear versus Family Life Space Perspective; The Child with Cancer: A Life Space Study of Six Families), I do not have personal knowledge of the expertise of any of those persons or facilities providing these pet loss services.

Rochelle Lesser, School Psychologist
President & Founder

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