Grief is a normal response to any important loss in life and with our beloved pets, it occurs regardless of whether death follows a prolonged illness, or a sudden accident.
At WestVet, we understand that grieving pet owners experience both physical and emotional trauma as they adapt to the upheaval in their lives brought about by the loss. Children can be especially upset and confused over the death of their beloved pet.
To help you and your family cope during this distressing time, we have provided the following list of bereavement resources:
Pet Loss Hotlines
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
1-866-266-8635 or (509) 335-5704
C.A.R.E. (Companion Animal Related Emotions)
UC Davis Pet Loss Support
Tufts University Pet Loss Support
Local Pet Loss Counselor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
910 Main St., Ste 231
Boise, ID 83702
Local Pet Loss Support Group
Patrice M. Sell
8555 Covey Ridge Ln.
Boise ID 83709
Pet Loss Web Resources
Pet Loss Support Page
Listing of hotlines, groups, and counselors by state.
Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
Chat rooms, links and memorial pages, a hotline, counselor, and group information for U.S. and Ontario. Information for equine and resources for children.
Specialized and custom urns, paw prints and plaques. List of books and links including lost and missing, online memorials, pet portraits, counselors, rescues and shelters, books, articles, sympathy cards and support groups.
Resource for grief support including poems, stories, preparing for pet loss and what to expect. Memorialization merchandise available.
Lightning Strike Pet-Loss Support Page
The name comes from the hope that the page will provide lightning-fast help for those grieving; featuring blogs and book listings from people who have experienced pet loss.
Best Friend Services
Custom urns, keepsake pendants, sympathy gifts and more.