Pet Loss Support
Pet owners who are facing a serious illness, an injury or death of a pet often need additional support and information. We understand that everyone grieves in different ways and for different lengths of time. Because of this, we are providing several support services available to those who need the extra support during what can be a very difficult time.
Pet Loss Support Hotline
- The Ohio State University (614) 292-1823
- University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (877) 394-2273
- Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine 866)266-8635
- University of California-Davis Center for Companion Animal Health (800) 565-1526
- Cornell University (607) 253-3932
- The Iams Company (888) 332-7738
- Michigan State University (517) 432-2696
- Tufts University (508) 839-7966
- University of California (530) 752-4200
Books for Children
- Morehead D: A Special Place for Charlee: A Child's Companion Through Pet Loss. Broomfield, CO, Partners in Publishing, LLC, 1996.
- Rogers F: When a Pet Dies. New York, GP Putnam's Sons, 1988.
- Rylant C: Cat Heaven. New York, Scholastic, 1997.
- Rylant C: Dog Heaven. New York, Scholastic, 1995.
- Viorst J: The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. New York, Antheneum, 1997.
- Wilhelm H: I'll Always Love You. New York, Crown Publishing Group, 1985.
- Jamie Lee Curtis: Where Do Balloons Go?"
- Christine Davis: For Every Dog an Angel
- Christine Davis: For Every Cat, an Angel
- Sharon Creech: Love That Dog
Books for Adults
- Montgomery M, Montgomery H: A Final Act of Caring: Eding the Life of an Animal Friend. Minneapolis, MN, Montgomery Press, 1993.
- Montgomery M, Montgomery H: Good-Bye My Friend . Minneapolis, MN, Montgomery Press, 1993.
- Quackenbush J: When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings. New York, Pocket Books, 1985.
- M. W. Hickman: Healing After Loss
- Colgrove, Bloomfield, and McWilliams: How to Survive the Loss of a Love
Meaningful Ways to Honor a Pet's Memory
- Write a letter expressing your feelings
- Have a proper burial for your pet
- Place a bench with a nameplate or inscription beside your pet's grave
- Put your pet's ashes in a potted plant, urn, or under a favorite tree
- Plant a tree or bush in your pet's honor
- Have a portrait of your pet drawn from a favorite photo
- Place your pet's identification tags on a key ring
- Volunteer at a local humane organization
- Balloon launch ceremony
- Make a donation in your pet's name to a local veterinary hospital or humane organization
- Have a brick engraved with your pet's name on it. A local engraving company in Wadsworth can help you with this special project. Call 330-334-2572 or visit www.midwestengraving.com