Pet Loss Resources
Please Note: This list is provided for your information and does not imply endorsement of these programs, resources, or services by the University of California or the Center for Companion Animal Health. We hope this information will be helpful to those who may be grieving.
Pet Loss Support Hotlines
- ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
- Ohio State C.A.L.L. (Companion Animal Listening Line)
- Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline
517-432-2696 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
- Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
607-253-3932 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday throught Thursday evenings (Eastern time)
- Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
508-839-7966 (no hours stated on their web site; call for more information)
- University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine "C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Support Hotline"
- University of Florida Pet Loss Support hotline
352-392-2235 Leave a message and someone will call you back within 24 hours weekdays; weekend calls are returned on Monday
Pet Loss Support Web Sites
Published Materials on Grief and Pet Loss
- Coping with the Loss of a Pet
Christina M. Lemieux, Wallace R. Clark, 1992
- Living Through Personal Crisis
Ann Kaiser Stearns, Ballantine, 1984
- Maya's First Rose
Martin Scott Kosins, Open Sky Books, 1992
- When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feeling
J. Quackenbush & D. Graveline, Simon & Schuster, 1985 (out of print-check with your library)
- The Interactions Bibliography (TIB), a journal of resources on human-animal relationships, ISSN 0162-7278, is a current information resource for those who are interested in the multifaceted field of human-animal relationships. TIB is published four times a year by Rockydell Resources, 8732 Rock Springs Road, Penryn, California 95663. Note: TIB includes in each issue a section titled Grief & Loss
- Grieving the Death of a Pet
Betty J. Carmack, Augsburg Books, January 1, 2003
Especially for Children:
B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen, Bantam Books, 1983
- Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?
Sally Sibbett, B. Libby Press, 1991
- Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
H.A. Nieburg & A. Fisher, Harper & Row, 1982 (out of print - check with your library)
- The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books, 1975
Many other books to help both children and adults cope with loss are available, and can be located with the the help of your local public librarian, or by doing a web search.
A link to additional pet loss resources can be found on the Companion Animal Behavior Program web site.