Grief, guilt, loneliness and anger are just some of the emotions we can experience when we lose our animal companions. And then there’s coping with the usual questions from unfeeling relatives and friends asking “So when are you going to get another dog (or cat)?” As if any new animal could immediately replace the one you’ve just lost.
Intense grief over the loss of a pet is completely natural. Don’t hide your feelings. If you have family and friends who love pets, talk to them, but if not, seek out a support group.
Pet Loss Professional Support Groups (U.S.)
- Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) - a group of professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counselling who are here to assist anyone who requests it
Pet Loss Professional Support Groups (Australia)
- Pet Loss and Grief Support and Counselling - the support network for grieving pet owners - Hotline: 1300 431 450 Australia or 0800 114 421 New Zealand
- Griefline - Pet Bereavement - join their Pet Bereavement Online Forum or call their helpline 1300 845 745 to speak with one of their Helpline volunteers