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 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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Changes to the Way We View Pet Loss and Grief

Loss of life is never easy to deal with.  Unfortunately, I have had to deal with more than I would care to in both animal rescue and veterinary medicine. Times have changed, and most people no longer consider their dogs and cats pets.  Rather, they are family members or “babies”.  We care for our “furry […]

School Mourns Beloved Alice

Posted By BENZIE SANGMA What caught her eye drawing her to the road that spring day on May 3, 1979? One would never know. But she never heard the sound of an automobile thundering down the road toward her. In a split second laden with sounds of screeching tires and a dull thud, it was […]

What Should I Tell My Children?

Pet Ohana For Thursday, November 5, 2009 By Hawaiian Humane Society QUESTION: Our family cat recently died, and we’re at a loss on how to explain this to our young children. What can we tell them?   ANSWER: If you hide your grief, children could fear that sorrow is unnatural. If you tell them that […]

Emotional Value of Pets is Underestimated

Having a pet can meet many human psycho-social needs and has been undervalued in the field of mental health, says the author of a comprehensive review of human-pet bonds published today in the journal Family Process. The research, by Dr. From a Walsh of the Center for Family Health at the University of Chicago, finds […]

Weekend Sunrise (Channel 7) sheds lights on pet loss and grief with Dr Michael O’Donogohue

Those grieving often suffer in silence because the lack of understanding in the outside world means sympathy is hard to come by.  Pet owners are often told, “it’s just an animal” or “you can always get another one” – comments which can understandably be hard to hear.

Poem For Cats

(Author Unknown) And God asked the feline spirit, “Are you ready to come home?” “Oh, yes, quite so,” replied the precious soul “And, as a cat, you know I am most able To decide anything for myself.” “Are you coming then?” asked God. “Soon,” replied the whiskered angel. “But I must come slowly For my […]

A pet loss poem

To Love Again (Author unknown) Oh what unhappy twist of fate Has brought you homeless to my gate, The gate where once another stood To beg for shelter warmth and food? For from that day I ceased to be The master of my destiny, While she, with purr and velvet paw Became within my house […]

Euthanasia: Your Head Says One Thing, But Your Heart Says Another

By Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse | March 20, 2013 Occasionally, the decision making that surrounds euthanizing a pet is pretty straightforward. In cases of massive trauma, severe illness or unrelenting pain that cannot be managed, the path seems clear. In other cases, however, it can be hard to know what to do. The feeling that […]

3 Steps to Making use of Creativity to Ease Grief

We do not often connect these issues with each other, easing grief with photography and creativity. Engaging our inventive facet by gathering photographs, and then creating anything new and different can have a strong impression to aid ease the grief in our heart following an animal passing away. It is just that easy, and that […]

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• We are passionate about people & pets • Pet Loss Sympathy Cards • Grief Support Services and Counselling • Articles and resources for grieving pet owners Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief often experienced through the loss of a companion animal. Locum Vet services available - Call - (07) 3372 1679. 49 Gleneagles Crescent, Brisbane QLD 4075
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Happy National Puppy Day!!! 🎉🐶🐾. We want to celebrate all the puppies, and the puppies-at-heart, that we've worked with. Thanks to all of them, and their dancer friends, for helping us bring smiles to the world!
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