Welcome to Pets & People – our support network for grieving pet owners…

Understanding grief & loss

Reactions to grief can be manifested many different ways – some of which might be…

  • feelings – of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, guilt
  • thoughts – such as confusion, preoccupation and disbelief
  • physical reactions – like sleep disturbances, empty sensation in stomach, breathlessness or tightness in the chest
  • behaviour – such as crying, sighing, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal

These are only some of the ways that grief is experienced. Unfortunately, the grief associated with the loss of a pet is often the most misunderstood. Family and friends often mean well, but can sometimes dis­miss your pain and dis­tress…

Read more about pet loss & grief

Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief experienced with the loss of a companion animal.

Counselling can help…

Not all counsellors specialise in grief and even less deal with the grief associated with Pet Loss. But help is at hand.

Our aim at Pets and People is to help connect pet owners with qualified and experienced pet loss counsellors who are ready and willing to support people in this difficult time.

Find a Counsellor

Share the loss of your pet with a therapist who will understand and support you…

Contact our 24 / 7 pet loss support line on 1300 431 450

The 1300 line is a toll free number, but once connected with a professional, their counselling rates will vary according to the service provider.
  • Loving animals is an important part of being human

    Los­ing an ani­mal friend can feel as dev­as­tat­ing as los­ing a human loved one...

  • It's okay to grieve...

    Your rela­tion­ship with your pet was spe­cial

  • Our relationships with our pets bring much love and joy to both the human and the animal

  • If your pet was an important part of your life

    ...then it is normal to grieve when they die

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