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

  • 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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Sharing Grief on social media

When Lucky died: A grief observed, on social media He always insisted on nudging against me while we drove. Bob Sullivan / msnbc.com Lucky By Bob Sullivan GOLDEN, Colo. — There’s a reason the expression goes “You look like your dog just died.” Losing a dog is a sadness so profound that it’s useless to […]

Pet loss poems

PET LOSS POEMS These Poems are all by unknown authors, therefore anybody is free to download them and copy them 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 […]

Readers answer the question “Do animals have an after life?”

Published: October 31. 2009 12:01AM Are there animals in heaven or the afterlife? We asked readers this month about animals in heaven or the afterlife. Here is what you had to say: Oh, how I wish when I die my dog Skippy or my cat Peaches would meet me at the gate and we would […]

The passing of my dog Molly

      By Janice Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen June 4, 2011     Every now and then, that tiny microcosm that is our personal space in this world stops dead in its tracks. And everything else -politics, world events, even riproaring Stanley Cup finals -fades for a bit. So it was for me this week […]

Most beautiful explanation of death I’ve ever heard.

  ~DEATH~ WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN IT .. A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.’ Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ ‘You don’t know? You’re, a […]

Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died

Originally published: Pet City – By JEN A. MILLER MARCH 23, 2017  Credit – Heidi Younger On Jan. 4, 11 years and 26 days after I walked out of an animal shelter in New Jersey with a little white and brown dog attached to the end of a brand-new leash, she died. On this day, an undiagnosed tumor […]

Readers answer” Should pets be shown that its partner pet is dead’

Should a pet be shown that its partner pet is dead? By Cow This already happened, but I?m still not sure if I made the right decision. I love my cats very much, and when one of them-Smokie- died of cancer, I didn’t want the second one to always wonder a) If the cat had […]

After a loved one dies, most people see ghosts

Ghost Stories: Visits from the Deceased After a loved one dies, most people see ghosts By Vaughan Bell Carlos Sluzki’s cat died a while ago now, but he still sometimes visits. Now more of a shadow cat, the former pet seems to lurk at the edges of Sluzki’s vision, as a misinterpreted movement amid the […]

Cats’ Grief over Pet loss

Cats’ Grief Over Pet Loss Helping Cats Cope with the Loss of Other Pets By Amy Shojai, CABC, About.com Contributing Writer See More About: loss of a cat coping with loss do cats cry bach flower essences Sponsored Links Calling all Cat LoversGet helpful tips and advice for taking care of your cat!www.purina.com.au “Kidney Disease In Cats”?4 […]

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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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Pets and People2 weeks ago
"I think some people... just don't get how people grieve intensely about their pets. When they die, there can be a huge hole in your life and you don't get the same kind of support you would if a close family member died."

So proud of our founder Dr Michael O'Donoghue for setting up this much-needed pet loss support hotline! Now grieving pet owners can simply call 1300 431 450 to be connected to a qualified and experienced pet loss counsellor.

Please share this post or tag a fellow pet owner to help us reach those in need! And thanks to Seniors News for this great writeup. 🙂

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Pets and People2 months ago
We know this is true but hoping to inform non pet owners as well.