"No Heaven will not ever Heaven be, unless my cats are there to welcome me."

- Anonymous

Pet Loss Support

We know that the loss of your pet can be a very difficult and traumatic event in your life.  Many people may need help dealing with their grief. It is normal to feel deep heartache and sadness over the loss of your pet.  Many people, including Dr. Sarah,  feel that their pets are an integral part of the family and it is natural to have deep connections with them.

Below are some contact information for organizations, hotline numbers, and pet loss books that may be helpful if you need some additional support.

Please do not hesitate to call one of the pet loss hotlines below if you need someone to talk to.  At the bottom of the page we also have some ideas for memorials for your pet that can be meaningful and helpful for the grieving process.

Moderated chat rooms for Pet Loss and Anticipatory Grief   


Monday Evening Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony @ 7 p.m.


UC Davis Veterinary School Pet Loss Resources

Includes listing for local grief support groups and hotline information


Advice on helping Children cope with Pet Loss (UC Davis)


Pet Loss Hotline offered through Lap of Love

1 -855- 352-5683

Resource Line Hours: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm EST Monday through Friday


Suicide Prevention Hotline



(available 24/7)

Pet Loss Books

  • Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die -  Jon Katz
  • Grieving the Death of a Pet - Betty Carmack
  • Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet - M. Anderson
  • Pet Loss and Human Bereavement - W. Kay
  • Animals as Teachers and Healers - S. McElroy
  • A Final Act of Caring: Ending the Life of an Animal Friend - M. Montgomery
  • Pet Loss : A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children - H. Neiburg.
  • Tibetan Book of Living & Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Making Health Decisions on Behalf of Our Animal Companions ​- Shannon F. Nakaya, DVM
  • It's Okay To Cry - M.L. Quintana
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney - Judith Viorst, 1975
  • When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings - Quackenbush

Pet Loss Books

Especially for Children

  • When a Pet Dies - F. Rogers
  • Dog Heaven - C. Rylant
  • Cat Heaven - C. Rylant
Email Us

Please send us an email and we'll get back to you, ASAP! :-)

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search