One of the disadvantages of loving pets is they often leave us before we are ready for them to go. Sometimes because of illness, sometimes because of old age, and sometimes because of accidents. People handle their grief in different ways. Some need to go get another pet right away to love and to help them heal. Others may take years before they are ready to love another animal. It often helps to talk to people who have lost an animal, to share stories of how wonderful they make our lives, and to post memorials about them.
This page is dedicated to Larry and Elizabeth and their sweet Yorkie "Snookums" who left their lives and made me realize that these resources should be readily available to anyone who seeks them.
These phone numbers and links are offered as resources to help with your grief if you have lost a beloved pet. We hope you can find some comfort from calling or visiting these sites. Please note that these listings are provided for information only; they are not recommendations nor endorsements.
Pet Loss Grief Support Group - at Pet Pilgrimage (a Division of Cavin-Cook Funeral home) which is behind the Cavin-Cook Funeral home on 494 E Plaza Drive (150) in Moorseville, NC. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Call for more information 704-664-5484.
petgriefsupportgroup.com - a local pet support group that meets in the Hope Building of the Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church in uptown Charlotte. (The Hope Building is at 600 Seigle Avenue, on the corner of 10th street and Seigle Avenue, near uptown Charlotte and parking is available behind the building on Seigle Avenue). This program is designed for grieving pet owners and is facilitated by Wesley Sturgis MSW, who is a bereavement counselor at presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The purpose of this program is to provide a safe, non-judgemental setting in which individuals can share their personal experiences of pet loss and to discuss the common signs of grief that people may experience as they cope with the loss of their pet. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Friends of the animals: http://www.friendsoftheanimals.net/programs/pet-loss-support/ : A pet loss support group in Moorseville, NC. See website for details.
National Support Hotlines and Veterinary School Resources:
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Pet Loss Hotline
Phone: (212) 876-7700, ext. 4355
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
(Tuesday - Thursday, 6-9 pm, Eastern Time)
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
(Monday through Friday, 6 pm to 9 pm, Eastern Time)
Washington State University
(staffed during the semester on Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs 6:30 - 9:00 PM, and Saturday 1:00-3:00 PM, Pacific Time)
World Wide Web Resources
The Grief Support Center at rainbowbridge.com : http://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Grief_Support_Center/Grief_Support_Home.htm
Pet Cremation Services and Memorial Products
Charlotte Pet Cemetery and Crematory
6225 Cashion Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-2582 or (704) 564-2064
Fax (704) 948-3849
Good Shepherd Pet Services
303 Ross Street
Piedmont SC 29673
1 (866) 332-3738
Fax (864) 845-5944
Pet Pilgrimage Crematory/Memorials
494 East Plaza Drive
Moorseville, NC 28115
http://www.4everinmyheart.com Link to a company that sells memorial products.
Dr. Keith Tillman