- Pet Quality of Life Tools
- How Do I Know When It’s Time? Assessing Quality of Life for Your Companion Animal and Making End-of-Life Decisions
- Pet Quality of Life Scale and Daily Diary
- Pet’s Quality of Life Scale
- Argus Institute at Colorado State UniversityThe Argus Institute provides free grief counseling and resources relating to pet loss and support to those making end-of-life decisions for their pets.
- Pet LossOnline platform dedicated to companion animal loss and grief. They offer a grief support chat room, a grief support message board, an online candle ceremony on Mondays, and informational resources.
- Association for Pet Loss and BereavementAPLB has a pet loss and anticipatory grief chat room as well as resources regarding end of life and pet memorials.
- Lap of Love Pet Loss and Bereavement Hotline Answered Monday – Friday from 10am to 9pm EST. (855) 352-5683
- Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Answered Monday – Friday from 5pm to 8pm CST. There is a 24-hour voicemail option as well. (508) 839-7966
- Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741 741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(800) 273-8255 (If you are struggling and need support, these are not pet loss specific but are answered 24/7.)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Ayuda en Español(888) 628-9454 (If you are struggling and need support, these are not pet loss specific but are answered 24/7.)
- Family Means Center for Grief and LossThe Center for Grief & Loss offers specialized therapy for complicated grief, trauma and life transitions.
- AERC’s Pet Loss Support Facebook Page
- Pet Loss Support Groups in the Twin Cities Area
- Companion Animal Love, Loss & Memories Group (CALLM)University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
Second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm – 8pm
Preregistration and screening is required: 612-624-9372
— Helen Keller
There is nothing in the world quite like the experience of having a pet share our lives. Pets are there for us when we return home with wagging tails, cold noses, and total acceptance.
But one day, our beloved pet will no longer be a constant in our lives. And it can be difficult to cope with the pain and grief that accompanies such a loss.
After you’ve said the final goodbye, you may experience anger, denial, guilt, or depression. These feelings can be quite intense. Daily life can seem impossible, and the simplest of tasks becomes overwhelming. Remember, grieving is a personal process, and everyone experiences it differently. It’s important to take the time to work through your own personal sorrow.
While friends and family can be pillars of support, they also might not realize how important your pet was and still is. Sometimes they may even accidentally say things that hurt your feelings. If you have difficulty talking with your friends or family, a trusted clergyman or a pet loss support group or hotline may be able to provide a much-needed shoulder. Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota offers a Pet Loss Support Group on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30pm. In November and December, the group is held on the third Tuesday due to the holidays.
The group is co-facilitated by Colleen, our licensed social worker, and Heidi, our Chief Marketing Officer. The two of them, along with grieving pet owners who attend the group, can provide some insight into what the loss of a pet means, along with just being there to listen and understand. We don’t require reservations for our group, but they are appreciated so that we know whom to expect. Our group is currently meeting via Zoom. Please contact Heidi at (651) 501-3759, ext. 3005, or email@example.com if you wish to attend!