Hotlines and Resources
APLB The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
P.O. Box 106, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230
National clearing house for information on pet bereavement.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Pet Loss Hotline
800-946-4646 or 212-876-7700, ext. 4355, enter pin # 140-7211 and then your own phone number. Calls are returned immediately 24 hours a day.
C.A.R.E. Helpline for Companion animal Related Emotions
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Staffed Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday 7-9 pm Central time. Staffed by veterinary student volunteers; can leave a message at any time.
University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
530-752-4200 or 800-565-1526
Staffed weekdays, 6:30-9:30 pm Pacific time. Summer hours: Tuesday-Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm Pacific time. Long distance calls will be returned collect. Grief counseling by veterinary student volunteers.
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
This hotline is operated by Chicago Veterinary Medical Association veterinarians and staff. 24 hour voice-mail; calls will be returned 7-9 pm CST on weekday evenings. Long distance calls are returned collect.
Companion Animal Associaiton of Arizona
Hotline staffed by trained volunteers 24 hours a day. Long distance calls will be returned collect. Support group meetings, information, literature, reading lists, and referral service.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Hotline staffed by Cornell University veterinary students and staff Tuesday-Thursday, 6-9 pm EST.
289 Perimeter Road East, Renton, WA 98055-1329
The Delta Society offers the following resources at minimal charge: Pet Loss & Bereavement Packet, Directory of Pet Loss Resources, Pet Loss Packet Supplement-Mental Health Professionls, Pet Loss Packet Supplement-Veterinary Professionals, and videotapes on pet loss.
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
352-392-4700, ext. 4080
24 hour voice-mail, trained veterinary student volunteers return calls at no cost, once a day, in the evening from 7-9 pm EST 7 days a week. A pet loss support group is now available for clients that meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 12 noon in the Gainesville Family Institute, 1031 NW 6th Street.
IAMS Pet Loss Support Center and Hotline
Hotline available Monday-Saturday 8 am-8 pm
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
877-394-CARE or 217-244-CARE
CARE is available Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 7-9 pm CST and staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students.
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
888-478-7574 or 515-478-7574
Hotline staffed September-April, 7 days a week, 6-9 pm CST. Staffed May-August, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6-9 pm CST. 24 hour voice-mail; calls are returned during hours of operation. Staffed by Iowa State University pre-veterinary and veterinary students. The hotline does accept e-mails.
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Staffed Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm EST by Michigan State University veterinary students. Long distance calls are returned collect.
University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Staffed Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-9:30 pm EST by The Ohio State University veterinary students; 24 hour voice-mail. Long distace calls are returned collect.
Pacific Animal therapy Society, Victoria, B.C.
Call between 8 am and 9 pm any day of the week and leave a message. Long distance calls are returned collect.
PetFriends Pet Grief Hotline, Morristown, N.J.
800-404-7387 or 609-667-1717 or 609-234-8888 (Emergency crisis hotline)
Staffed by trained volunteers; 24 hour voice-mail; all calls returned within 24 hours. Long distance calls are returned collect.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Staffed Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm EST by Kathleen L. Dunn, MSW, Social Worker and Bereavement Counselor.
c/o David Anderson, 8732 Rock Springs Road, Penryn, CA 95663-9622
This is a clearinghouse for pet loss and pet loss support resources. Resources available include books, videos, brochures, hotlines, internet sites and profesional periodicals.
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Staffed Monday-Friday 6-9 pm EST. Staffed by tufts University veterinary students; 24 hour voice-mail. Long-distance calls are returned collect.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Staffed Tuesday and thursday 6-9 pm EST except holidays. Staffed by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary students. 24 hour voice-mail. Long-distance calls are returned at no charge.
Washington State University
866-266-8635 or 509-335-5704
Staffed Monday, tuesday and Thursday 7-9:30 pm, Saturday
1:30-3 pm PST. Staffed by Washington State University
veterinary students; 24 hour voice-mail. Long distance
calls are returned collect.
Pet Loss Website
The Pet Loss website offers grief support, inspiration,
candle ceremonies and the famous "Rainbow Bridge"
poem, to hlep pet owners deal with grief: www.petloss.com.