Pet Loss Support – Additional Resources

If you are a veterinarian or community member that would like cards about the Pet Loss Support Group, please contact Cari Sachkowsky at

Pet Loss Hotlines:

Washington State University Pet Loss Hotline
1-(866)-266-8635 or 1-(509) 335-5704
7:00–9:00 p.m. Pacific Time Zone, Monday–Thursday
1:00–3:00 p.m. Pacific Time Zone, Saturday

ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline
1-(877) GRIEF-10 or 1-(877) 474-3310
noon –midnight, daily

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone, Tuesday-Thursday

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has chat rooms you can join and chat with other bereaving pet owners.

Pet Loss Websites:

ASPCA Pet Loss Resources

American Veterinary Medical Association

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Hotline

Washington Pet Loss Resources

Open to Hope Pet Loss Grief Support

Teaching Kids How to Say Goodbye to Their Pets

Coping with the Death of Your Pet

Pet Loss Books for Children:

Dog Heaven by Cynthia-Rylant, 1995

I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm, 1988

Remembering Pets by Gina Dalpra-Berman, 2010

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D., 1982

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judy Viorst, 1987

Remembering My Pet: A Kid’s Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies by

Nechama Liss-Levinson, Ph.D. and Rev. Molly Phinney Baskett, M.Div., 2007

Pet Loss Books for Adults:

Animals: God’s Faithful Servants by Dr. Joe King, 1997

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates by Gary Kurz, 2008

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet Moira Anderson, Peregrine Press, 1994

Euthanasia of the Companion Animal: The Impact on Pet Owners, Veterinarians, and Society by William J. Kay, 1988

Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz, 2012

Golden Angels: A Pet Loss Memoir by Stephanie Weaver, 2013

Goodbye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Mary and Herb Montgomery, 1991

Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam by Kymberly Smith, 1997

Love Crosses Over by Elizabeth Allen, 2013

Loving and Losing a Pet by Michael Stern, PhD and Susan Cropper, DVM, 1998

Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Goodbye with Love, Dignity, and Peace of Mind by Myrna Milani, D.V.M., 1998

Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love Lorri Greene, Ph.D. and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002

The Human-Animal Bond and Grief by Laurel Lagoni, Carolyn Butler & Suzanne Hetts, 1994

The Loss of a Pet by Wallace Sife, 2005

When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings by Jamie Quackenbush, 1988


Note: These lists and links are provided as a service to the community and do not necessarily include all Pet Loss resources. The Whatcom Humane Society is not affiliated with these organizations and writers and does not take responsibility for the content therein.