Welcome to Pets & People - our support network for grieving pet owners...

  • 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

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

Our 24 / 7 Pet Loss Support Line

Australia: 1300 431 450  NZ: 0800 114 421 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a toll free number, but once connected with professional, the counselling rates will vary according to the service provider.

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 manifested and everyone's experience will be unique to them and their loss.

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...

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You are not alone...

Pets and People was founded by Dr Michael 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. We have compiled a list of resources, both paid and complimentary, to help you work through your grief.

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Deciding When a Pet Has Suffered Enough

By JESSICA PIERCE Published: September 22, 2012 ODY died peacefully last year, Nov. 29. He was 14 and a half. Truth be told, Ody didn’t just die. I killed him. I paid a vet to come to my house and inject a chemical solution into a vein in Ody’s back leg. People ask me how […]

Is it normal to grieve over the loss of a pet more than the loss of a family member?

Q.  I was wondering, is it normal to grieve over the loss of a pet more than the loss of a family member? Here’s the deal I lost my cat to a seizure about a week ago. I was devastated, I mean, I’m still grieving,it’s just about as bad as when I lost my dad. Since […]

Pet Loss Support – grief counseling – USA

Pet Loss Support – grief counseling For a comprehensive list of counselors in the USA the Asso­ci­a­tion For Pet Loss and Bereave­ment (APLB)  has an excel­lent website that we recommend: www.aplb.org Chicago VMA 630-325-1600 Cornell University 607-253-3932 University of Illinois 217-244-CARE (2273) or 877-394-CARE Michigan State University 517-432-2696 P&G Pet CaremPet Loss Support Hotline 888-332-7738 The Ohio State University […]

Animal Shelter Reach Out to Grieving Pet Owners

People who have recently lost a pet are finding comfort and understanding through support groups at animal shelters. When a pet dies, the Seattle Animal Shelter sends a bereavement card. The cards are the brainchild of shelter volunteer Connie Starr, who also helps lead the weekly pet bereavement group at the Seattle Animal Shelter. “It’s […]

Pet loss story – Goodbye Dear Jake

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Pet Loss: Good-bye Dear Jake It is good to be back in Michigan!  In December Peter and I  loaded Jake, our 15 yr old Lab/Shepard mix, in  the car and drove to our new winter home: Tucson, AZ. We were concerned about Jake’s comfort and ability to make the trip, but he tolerated […]

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.

Pet Loss Memorial Service – Oklahoma

So Long, Old Friend Service set in memory of lost pets Losing a pet is losing a loved one. And for many people, the grieving process can take just as long as losing a family member or friend. Offering a safe environment for people to mourn the pets that have brightened their lives is the […]

Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers

The pet doctor: Our animals can be teachers, too By Christie Long • The pet doctor • October 7, 2010 I have a colleague who reminds me often, as I’m tearing my hair out over a particularly difficult diagnosis or agonizing about how to treat a critically ill patient, that animals are our teachers. As […]

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 […]

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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 People shared a link.13 hours ago
On a dreary winter day this past March, I experienced one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my entire life: the euthanasia of my dog, Hailey Mae. In a small back room at our vet’s office, I ran my fingers through her curly brown fur and…
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Pets and People is with Michael O'Donoghue.2 weeks ago
This lovely big fluffy cat needs a new home. He is 2 years old, desexed vaccinated and microchiped. His owner had to go into nursing home and was not allowed to take him with her. It would give this lady great comfort to know her beautiful boy had found a great home. If you are interested please phone Currumbin Fair Vet Surgery on 07 5598 6565
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Pets and People shared Sunset Home Veterinary Care's post.3 weeks ago
A very important conversation to have. Even if you are not facing the end. It will always help put things in perspective