Pet Loss Grief Support Hotlines, Helplines and Groups

(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.).

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. If you find a listinf that is no longer in use we ask that you please let us know.

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s free pet-loss hotline: (508) 839-7966

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: (540)-231-8038

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

Utah State University Hotline
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 435-757-4540 Mon-Thu from 5-7 pm MST

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine New York
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 607-218-7457 Monday-Friday 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. EST and Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST

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

(Companion Animal Related Emotions) Pet Loss Helpline Illinois: 217-244-CARE (2273)

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

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 or email him at, and through the contact page at This service is fee based.

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