Coping with the Loss of a Pet
It is difficult to imagine our lives without our pets, but sooner or later, all pet parents will face the passing of our beloved animal friends. The powerful emotions that may be triggered by a pet's death can cause some individuals to feel confused, frightened, angry, guilty and sad. Please remember, these emotions are all normal. It is natural to grieve, and it is important to have compassion and support in one's time of grief.
The ASPCA can help if the animal you love has died or if he or she is ill, injured or elderly. At aspca.org/petloss, we have compiled a wealth of information to aid you during this trying time. Our End-of-Life Care FAQ addresses questions about making your pet's final days comfortable, peaceful and dignified. We also have a general Pet Loss FAQ and an article on helping children understand the loss of a pet.
In addition, ASPCA Counseling Services offers a Pet Loss Support program that provides personalized help with euthanasia issues, grief counseling, helping other pets cope and more. For assistance, please email Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, Senior Director of ASPCA Counseling Services, through her online Pet Loss column. You may also call the ASPCA's 24-hour, toll-free Pet Loss Hotline at (877) GRIEF-10.