Pet Loss Support


American Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Loss Page

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline & Resources for Grieving
607-253-39326:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern TimeTuesday-Thursday

PET LOSS HOTLINE (Toll Free) Iowa State University Pet Loss Support Hotline
(888) 478-7574
Sep — Apr: Mon — Sun, 6:00pm — 9:00pm CT
May — Aug: Mon, Wed, Fri, 6:00pm — 9:00pm CT
Staffed by Iowa State veterinary students

University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
(800) 565-1526
Mon — Fri, 6:30pm — 9:30pm PT
Summer: 6:30pm — 9:30pm PT
Staffed by U.C. Davis veterinary students

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
(877) 394-2273
Sun — Tue, Thu, 7:00pm — 9:00pm CT
Staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students


For Adults

There is Eternal Life for Animals
by Niki Behrikis Shanahan, Pete Publishing, 2002

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
by Gary Kurz, Gary Kurz, 1997

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies
by Janis Silverman, Fairview Press, 1999

Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
by Gary Kowalski, Stillpoint Publishing, 1997

Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying, and Beyond
by Rita M. Reynolds, NewSage Press, 2001

For Children

Dog Heaven
by Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Scholastic Trade, 1995
Reading level: Ages 4-8 years

For Dog an Angel
by Christine Davis (Illustrator), Lighthearted Press, 1997
Reading level: 4-8 years

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss
by Michaelene Mundy, R. W. Alley (Illustrator), Abbey Press, 1998
Reading level: 4-8 years

I’ll Always Love You
by Hans Wilhelm, Crown Publishing, 1989
Reading level: 4-8 years

Cat Heaven
by Cynthia Rylant (Illustrator), Scholastic Trade, 1997
Reading level: Ages 4-8 years