Help in Maryland & Washington, D.C.


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.


Pet Loss Counseling - Maryland Psychotherapy Services

15102 Nottingham Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 888-1323
Contact: Carol A. Auletta, MSW, ACSW
Carol A. Auletta has two offices. Her Upper Marlboro office is located on her farm which is truly a healing sanctuary. She works with both individuals and groups and welcomes phone consultations.

Nancy Wiswall, DVM, M.Ed.
4720 Edgefield Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 493-9090

Montgomery County Animal Shelter
(301) 279-1823
Pet bereavement seminars are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Sheila Cohen (Bereavement Counselor)
2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM until noon
Sheila is with People Animals Love (PAL), 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Ste. 350, Washington, DC 20036. She is located at DC's William Wendt Center, 4800A MacArthur Blvd.
(301) 652-0995
Fax: (301) 652-0995

Ursula Wagner, Ph.D.
Chevy Chase, MD
Phone: (301) 951- 9185
website address:   

David S. Rose, Ph.D.
1110 Fidler Lane, Suite 1417
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: (301) 587-5735

Robyn Zeiger, Ph.D.
10300 Sweetbriar Parkway
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 445-7333


Adelphi: George Washington Pet Cemetery, 9500 Riggs Rd., Adelphi, MD 20783, (301) 434-4640

Annapolis: Colonial Pet Rest, 1911 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401-4318, (410) 267-7540

Baltimore: A Paw Print In Heaven, (443) 278-5502,,

Baltimore: Oakleigh Pet Memorial Gardens, Baltimore, MD 21234, (410) 665-8855

Barnesville: Sugarloaf Pet Gardens, 21511 Peach Tree Rd., Box 415, Barnesville, MD 20838, (301) 972-8882,

Beallsville: Final Tribute Pet Crematorium, 18620 Darnestown, Beallsville, MD 20839, (301) 972-8958

Bel Air: Bel Air Pet Crematory, 1501 S. Tollgate Rd., Bel Air, MD 21015-5822, (410) 838-4900

Beltsville: Chesapeake Pet Crematory, 10771 Tucker, Beltsville, MD 20705, (301) 937-3187

Capitol Heights: Pet Memorial Cremations, 5371 Sheriff, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, (301) 773-7370

Cecil County: See Elkton

Chester: Chesapeake Pet Cremation Center, 106 Shamrock Dr., Chester, MD 21619, (888) 991-3696,, "covers upper region of the Eastern Shore and Annapolis."

Cumberland: Petland Cemetery, 13800 Bedford Rd NE, Cumberland, MD 21502-6922, (301) 722-7664

Davidson: Lakemont Memorial Gardens, Davidson, MD 21035, (410) 956-3060

Dunkirk: Faithful Friend Pet Cemetery, P.O. Box 121, Dunkirk, MD 20754, (301) 257-3311

Elkridge: Green Meadows Pet Cemetery, Elkridge, MD 21227, (410) 796-2427

Elkton: Family Pet Cremations, 209 Independence Drive, Elkton, MD 21921, (410) 996-8883,,

Falls Church, VA: Noah's Ark Pet Cemetery , 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. (703) 573-8800, Fax (703) 560-8405. Serves Virginia, Maryland, DC areas.

Forest Hill: Oakleigh Pet Memorial, 2435 Johnson Mill, Forest Hill, MD 20150, (410) 879-4410

Frederick: Resthaven Memorial Gardens

Harford County Fork: Oakleigh Pet Memorial, 2435 Johnson Mill Rd., Harford County Fork, MD 21051, (410) 879-4410 Hebron: Eastern Shore Pet Cemetery Office, Rt 50, Hebron, MD 21830, (410) 749-1411

Linthicum: Beloved Pet Cremation and Burial Service, Attn.: David Mason, Pet Cremation and Burial Director, 417 Shipley Road, Linthicum, MD 21090, 410.691.2900,,

Mt. Airy: Family Pet Crematory, Mount Airy, MD 410-375-8814

Parkville: Oakleigh Pet Memorial Gardens, 8408 Oakleigh, Parkville, MD 21234, (410) 665-8855

Rockville: Heavenly Days Animal Crematory, 605 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, MD, (301) 340-9748

Rockville: Pet Cemetery of Montgomery County, 12800 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville, MD 20853-3501, (301) 770-0468

Silver Spring: Aspen Hill Pet Cemetery, 13630 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20906, (301) 871-6700

Suitland: Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave., Suitland, MD 20746 (215) 826-2838

Timonium: Dulaney Pet Haven, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093, (301) 666-0495

Waldorf: Friendship Pet Memorial Park, 2685 Salem Rd., Waldorf, MD 20602, (301) 932-8901

Williamsport: Valley Pet Cemetery, 127 Britner Ave., Williamsport, MD 21795, (301) 582-3320




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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