The death of a beloved pet, or the impending loss of a beloved pet, can be just as devastating as losing a significant loved one.
For those whose pet supported them through the death of a loved one, and now the pet has died, it can be even more overwhelming as we are now grieving two losses.
Below are wonderful resources for those who are now dealing with pet loss:
Cornell University College of Veterinarian Medicine has a hotline to speak about your pet loss available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm EST. Call 607-218-7457.
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association veterinarians and staff members are available to assist you. Leave a voice mail message at any time and they will return your call Monday through Friday between 7pm – 9pm Central Time – 630-325-1600
Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Hotline. Staffed by students, call (509) 335-5704
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice has an excellent support helpline you can call. Hours are Monday through Friday 10am – 9pm Eastern Time.
United Kingdom – The Pet Bereavement Support Service. Call: 0800 096 6606
Working with the Samaritans, here you will find an excellent comprehensive list of crisis helplines and centers both internationally and within the USA.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline USA
Boys Town, NE
Trained volunteers assist young people and their parents with their problems 24 hours per day, every day.
National Hopeline Network
(800) SUICIDE / (800) 273-8255
An excellent comprehensive website to suicide hotlines in the United States, Canada and other international countries and toll-free immediate assistance. You do not need to be suicidal to speak with their counselors. If you are having a challenging day, they are happy to listen. They can also refer you to help in your community for your specific type of grief.
New Hope Crisis Line
Assistance is available 24/7 for teens and adults.
Youth America Hotline
(877) 968-8454 / (877) YOUTHLINE
Peer to Peer hotline network which links callers to community-based peer counseling hotlines
throughout the USA. Offers live chat with professional trained crisis prevention counselor.