Pet Loss Support 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: Since several of the websites listed below are unfortunately not specific for pet loss, you may 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, on 7/8/13. 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