11 Jun 2018
Get support through a toll-free pet loss grief hotline

Get support through a toll-free pet loss grief hotline

If you’ve recently lost your animal companion or just want a chance to talk to someone, call one of these national or international pet loss support hotlines. We’ve gathered this collection of toll-free pet grief support phone numbers to make it easier for you. Calling will put you in touch with someone trained to help you talk about your pet and your bereavement. These experts and volunteers are dedicated to guiding you as you process your emotions. Different hotline numbers use different techniques, so there’s probably one out there that can help you.

If these resources aren’t the right ones for you, check your local phone listings for a crisis intervention number. Get the guidance you need to make it through pet loss and grief.

Please Note: If you know of a pet grief hotline that we have not yet listed here or on one of our state/country pages, please get in touch with us. We work to keep our listings as current as possible and would love to expand them to help as many people as possible.

Iams Pet Loss Support Hotline

Ohio Mason 

Website:  http://www.iams.com/en-ca/dog-article/pages/the_death_of_a_pet.aspx#2 

Toll-free hotline: 1-888-332-7738 

Availability: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm


The Pet Bereavement Support Service

Website: www.bluecross.org.uk 

Toll-free hotline: 800 096 6606

Notes: Email at pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk


PetFriends Hotline

New Jersey Burlington County 

Website: http://contactburlco.org 

Local hotline: 856-234-4688

Toll-free hotline: 800-404-PETS (7387)

Notes: Outside of NJ Dial 856-234-4688. Phones answered 24 hours a day.


Grief Recovery Hotline

Toll-free hotline: 800-445-4508

Availability: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm PST


University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine

California Davis 

Fee: Free 

Local hotline: 916-752-7418

Toll-free hotline: 800-565-1526

Notes: Monday - Friday, 6:30-9:30 pm.  Callers place calls at their own expense. There are no additional charges.


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Pet Loss Hotline 

New York 

Website:  http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss/ 

Local hotline: 877-GRIEF-10

Toll-free hotline: 800-946-4646

Availability: 24 hours a day

Notes: You can also e-mail questions to Dr. Stephanie LaFarge at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-pet-loss/


Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Washington Pullman 

Website: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/PLHL/ 

Local hotline: 509-335-5704 

Toll-free hotline: 866-266-8635

Availability: Monday - Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 1:00-3:00 pm Pacific Time.

Notes: Phone and/or email message can be left for our staff 24 hours a day. E-mail support at plhl@vetmed.wsu.edu. All messages will be returned as soon as possible.


University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline

Illinois Urbana 

Website: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/animal-care/ 

Local hotline: 217-552-5371

Toll-free hotline: 877-394-2273

Availability: Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-5:00 pm

Notes: We will return calls within 24 hours if you leave a message outside of those hours.


The Grief Recovery Institute

Toll-free hotline: 888-773-2683


Grief Support Group at the SPCA of Texas 

Texas Dallas 

Website:  http://www.spca.org/Page.aspx?pid=253 

Local hotline: 214-461-5131

Toll-free hotline: 888-ANIMALS extension 172

Notes: All calls are returned within 24 hours.


Disclaimer: Support hotlines listed on Tiny Pet Memories are independent and not necessarily endorsed by Tiny Pet Memories. Listings are added and deleted at the discretion of Tiny Pet Memories and while we try to list quality resources, we must disclaim any liability from your use of this information.

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