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Pet Loss Hotlines
Revised: March 15, 2023
Published: June 14, 2002

You're not alone

Sometimes there's no substitute for an understanding human voice. Speaking to someone who understands your loss can make a difference. Fortunately, they're out there, staffing pet-loss support lines at some of the nation's most prestigious veterinary schools and colleges and elsewhere.

These are wonderful programs, and they're free for the cost of the call. (Some have toll-free numbers. If you call during off hours, most will call you back collect.) In addition to a sympathetic ear, these programs offer additional resources such as articles that you may find helpful.

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
Hours of operation: 7-9 p.m. CST weekdays
Support group first Wednesday of the month 7:30-9 p.m.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Hours of operation: 6-9 p.m. EST, Sat-Sun 12-9 p.m.

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m
Monday - Friday
(614) 292-1823

Lap of Love Pet Loss and Bereavement Support

Tufts University Pet Loss Support
6 pm to 9 pm Monday through Thursday EST 

Online Support Groups and Chat Rooms

While these don't involve a comforting human voice, they can offer significant support.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) Chat Rooms

Rainbow Bridge Pet Loss Grief Center

Hoofbeats in Heaven (Horse Loss support)

IAADP Assistance Dog Loss Committee

(Also see Pet Loss Support)

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