Loss Support

National Hotlines

ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline - 877-GRIEF-10

Grief Recovery Hotline - (800) 445-4808

Iams Pet Loss Support Hotline - 1-888-332-7738


Angel Hearts A beautiful site with poems and the ability to post pictures of your departed pet for others to view.

A Garden of Rest A beautiful website offering a Pet Grief Forum, eSympathy cards and pet grief poems and stories all of which is completely FREE.

American Veterinary Medical Association's Pet Loss Page

The American Veterinary Association The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) PO Box 106, Brooklyn, NY 11230 (718) 382-0690 

Helpful Articles


Coping with pet loss

Am I crazy to feel so sad about this?

Do animals mourn?

Finding the right counselor

Children & Pets:

Children and pet loss

Family deals with an accidental death

Family makes bucket list for their pet

Small pets love

Letting Go:

The journey

Anticipating the death of a cherished pet

How do I let go?

As unconditional as it gets


Pet euthanasia gone bad

Is it the right choice?

The facts


Pets & Religion:

Do animals have souls?

Do pets go to heaven? (Various faiths)

Rainbow Bridge Poem

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.  There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.  There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

 All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 

 The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

 You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

Author Unknown