Help in Pennsylvania


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.


The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Philadelphia, PA
(215) 898-4529

Jeanne F. Wordley, VMD, MSW
(610) 566-9019
Jeanne Wordley has been a veterinarian for 25 years. She recently obtained her Masters of Social Work degree so she could provide more in-depth service.

Dianne Rockenstein, MA
115 Linsdale Drive
Butler, PA 16001
(724) 282-3022

Sandi Herman, MS
919 South Tenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 413-7773




Altoona: Whispering Pine Animal Rest, Rt 36, Altoona, PA 16603, (814) 944-4804

Ambler: Parkview Pet Cemetery, 1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA 19002, (215) 646-1294

Apollo: Green Pastures Pet Memorial Park, 631 Stewart Dr., Apollo, PA 15613, (412) 727-2276

Bensalem: Dear Pet Memorial Park, Richlieu Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020, (215) 355-3140

Birdsboro: Bridgeview Pet Memorial Park, 12 Brown Lane, Birdsboro, PA 19508-9227, (610) 582-3990,

Blairsville: Chestnut Ridge Pet Cemetery, 609 E. Market St., Blairsville, PA 15717, (702) 459-7750

Bloomsburg: Slumberland Pet Cemetery, RD 9, Bloomsburg, PA, (717) 437-2142

Canonsburg: Peaceful Pastures, 2095 Washington Rd., Canonsburg, PA 15317, (724) 745-7008,

Clarks Summit: Greener Pastures Pet Cemetery, Humane Society of Lackawanna County, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, (570) 586-3700

Conneaut Lake: Forever Friends Pet Memorial Park, 12670 Foust Road, Conneaut Lake, PA, 16316, (412) 931-2909

Douglassville: Reading Pet Cemetery, RD 2, 90 Oleyline Rd., Douglassville, PA 19518-8827, (610) 689-5757

Douglasville: Heidi Memorial Pet Cemetery, RR1, Douglassville, PA 19518-9801, (717) 385-2647

Dover: Suburban Pet Haven, 3875 Bull Rd., Dover, PA 17315-4804, (717) 292-2141

E. Smithfield: Faithful Companions Pet Cemetery, East Smithfield, PA 18817, (717) 596-3192

E. Stroudsburg: Pocono Pet Cemetery, Interstate 80, Exit 51, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-8301, (717) 424-0970

Erie: Hearthside Rest Pet Cemetery, 3024 W. 26th St., Erie, PA 16506, (814) 838-7638

Export: Airy Pines Pet Cemetery, 931 Old Frankstown Rd., Export, PA 15632, (412) 733-2242

Feasterville: Pet Rest Park, 140 W. Street Rd., Feasterville, PA, (215) 357-8463

Foglesville: Kimberly Memorial Park, Foglesville, PA 18051-8051, (610) 285-2720

Frazer: Great Valley Pet Cemetery, 124 Phoenixville Pike, Frazer, PA 19355-1023, (610) 647-3330

Gettysburg: Lake View Pet Haven, 1380 Chambersburg Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325, (717) 334-3412

Greensburg: Pet Haven Cemetery, 1124 W. Newton Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601, (412) 834-8338

Hallidaysburgh: Chimney Rocks Animal Rest, RR#1, Box 136, Hallidaysburgh, PA 16648, (814) 695-2591

Harrisburg: Golden Lake Pet Memorial Gardens, 304 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109-5722, (717) 541-8650

Harrisburg: Pet Haven Cemetery, Lexington St., Harrisburg, PA 17109, (717) 545-8121

Harrisburg: Shoops Pet Haven Cemetery, 4332 Lexington St., Harrisburg, PA 17109-2752, (717) 545-8121

Hazleton: Lacey Memorial Pet Cemetery, R1000 S. Church St., Hazleton, PA 18951, (717) 454-6655

Huntington Valley: Pet Cremation Service, 2621 Philmont Ave., Huntington Valley, PA, (215) 947-9970

Jamestown: Shenango Valley Pet Cemetery, 117 Royal Rd., Jamestown, PA 16134-9542, (412) 932-3761 Johnstown: Dan View Pet Cemetery, 707 Horner St., Johnstown, PA 15902, (814) 535-6814

Kittanning: Pets at Rest, RR1, Kittanning, PA 16201, (412) 783-7303

Lancaster: Greenwood Cemetery, 719 Highland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603, (215) 826-2803,

Lancaster: Lancaster Pet Cemetery, Second Lock Rd., Lancaster, PA 17603, (717) 291-1929 Landisburg: Saint Francis Garden, RR1, Landisburg, PA 17040-9801, (717) 789-3162

Lewistown: Juniata Memorial Park, RR 4, Lewistown, PA 17044, (717) 242-2555

Ligonier: Hillsview Pet Cemetery, RR5, Ligonier, PA 15658-9805, (412) 238-9151

McKeesport: Beaver Falls Cemetery Memorial Park

Mechanicsburg: Golden Lake Pet Memorial Gardens, 210 Andersontown Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6023, (717) 691-0880

Natrona Heights: Mount Airy Cemetery, 3012 Old Freeport Rd., Natrona Heights, PA 15065, (412) 224-0555

New Brighton: Peaceful Valley Pet Burial Services, 1622 Goehring Rd., New Brighton, PA 15066, (412) 843-5717

New Brighton:New Sewickley Pet Crematory, RR2, New Brighton, PA 15066-9801, (412) 452-9343

New Britain: New Britain Pet Cemetery, 238 Almshouse Rd., New Britain, PA 18901-5200, (215) 340-1790

Palmerton: Stony Ridge Pet Cemetery, Palmerton, PA 18071, (610) 826-4990

Philadelphia: Paws To Heaven Pet Crematory, 5301 Tacony St., Philadelphia, PA 19137, (215) 744-4400

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Pet Funeral Services, 5126 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, (215) 533-1225

Pittsburgh: Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, (412) 661-6452,

Pittsburgh: Backyard Burials, Pittsburgh, PA 15202, (412) 766-8404

Pittsburgh: Crestview Pet Cemetery/Animal Memorial Park, 9915 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235, (412) 731-7112

Pittsburgh: Pet Memorial, 128 Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207, (412) 421-6910

Pittsburgh: Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, (412) 321-4625

Pottstown: Fairview Pet Cemetery, 1587 Farmington Ave., Pottstown, PA 19464-1401, (610) 323-2451

Pottstown: Peterman Road Animal Hospital, 1620 New Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, Pa 19465, 610-323-9454,

Quakertown: Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Services, 80 Kelly Road, Quakertown, PA 18951, (888) 651-7555;

Quakertown: Buck's County Pet Cemetery, 1765 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA, 18951, (215) 257-9584

Renfrew: Meadowbrook Pet Cemetery, 277 Beacon Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053-9403, (412) 586-9643

Reynoldsville: Northern Tier Pet Cemetery, RR3, Reynoldsville, PA 15851-9803, (814) 653-2016

Royersford: Tri County Pet Cemetery, 44 Swamp Pike, Royersford, PA 19468-1406, (610) 495-3010

Schuylkill Haven: Heidi Memorial Pet Cemetery, RR1, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972-9801, (717) 385-2647

Somerset: Friends to the End, 1933 W. Bakersville Edie Rd., Somerset, PA 15501, (814) 443-1318

State College: Pine View Pet Cemetery, 1032 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801-7318, (814) 237-4108

Stonnington: Northumberland Memorial Park Corp., Rt 61., Stonnington, PA, (717) 286-2008

Ulster: Faithful Companions Pet Cemetery, RD 2, Box 210, Ulster, PA 18850, (570) 596-3192

Uniontown: Faithful Pets Memorial Gardens, 693 New Salem Road, Uniontown, PA 15401, (412) 245-8524

Uniontown: Faithful Pets Memorial Gardens, RR 3, Uniontown, PA 15401, (412) 438-4260

Verona: The Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, 6000 Verona Rd., Verona, PA 15147-2833, (412) 793-1135

Waterford: Animal Friends Cremation Service, 11711 Sharp Rd., Waterford, PA 16441-9049, (814) 796-2510

Watsontown: Pet Rest Memorial Park, RR3, Watsontown, PA 17777-9803, (717) 538-2008

Wellsboro: Pennsylvania SPCA, Rt 6, Rd 7, Box 226, Wellsboro, PA 16901, (717) 724-3687

West Chester: Pet Memorial Services, 319 Westtown Rd., West Chester, PA 19382, (888) 738-6365;

Williamsport: Side of the Road Pet Cemetery, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701-4178, (717) 322-4646

York: Brookside Pet Cemetery, 1502 Mount Rose Ave., York, PA 17403-2910, (717) 845-6618

York: Memorial Pet Cemetery, 435 N. Adams St., York, PA 17404, (717) 845-9252

York: Noah's Garden Pet Cemetery, Chestnut Hill Rd., York, PA 17315, (717) 244-7674

York: Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, Chestnut Hill Rd., York, PA 17315, (717) 244-7674




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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