Pet Loss Hotlines and Helplines

(Note: Support for pet loss, grief, and bereavement is very different from, and not to be confused with, professional counseling and therapy [psychotherapy.]  Be aware that people who provide the valuable service of pet loss support vary greatly in their training, education, experience, and expertise.)

Note: Several of the websites listed below are not specific for pet loss. You may then wish to call the telephone numbers listed, and then leave a message, if necessary.


ASPCA  (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Grief Counseling Line);  877-GRIEF-10  (877-474-3310);  Also, you can e-mail questions to Dr. Stephanie LaFarge  (psychologist)

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Pet Loss Support Hotline              630-325-1600

Colorado State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Argus Institute (Client Support Service) (“Argus Clinic Line, CSU")  970-297-1242

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline  (New York); 607-253-3932

Iams (P&G) Pet Loss Support Line, 888-332-7738 (Open 9 – 6, Eastern Time, Mondays through Fridays)

Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline  517-432-2696

PetFriends  From NJ: 856-234-4688;  Outside of  NJ:  800-404-PETS (7387) 

SPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Texas, Pet Grief Counseling Support Line  (Serves North Texas);  214-461-5131

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine  (Massachusetts) 508-839-7966

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, C.A.R.E. (Companion Animal Related Emotions) Pet Loss Helpline                  877-394-CARE (2273);  Local: 217-244-CARE (2273)

University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, College of Veterinary Medicine; Veterinary Social Work Helpline, 865-755-8839

Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Hotline  866-266-8635; Local: 509-335-5704


An additional, important resource: National Suicide Prevention Life Line                800-273-8255


This revised listing was compiled by Lawrence Kaufman, Pet Loss and Grief Counselor.  He can be reached toll free at 855-PET-LOSS  (855) 738-5677, or locally at 561-498-2200, at, and through the contact page at  This service is fee based.


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