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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Death and Guilt

March 9, 2010 – Joanne writes that she gave her cat the wrong medication for an illness  – the medicine was improperly prepared, and she sensed something was wrong – and her cat Debbie died. “You talk about guilt, there is nothing in this world that will  ever make me feel better about giving that […]

Pet Loss & Grief Support Program Offered by Animal Spirit Network

Animal Spirit Healing and Education Network is proud to welcome Teresa Wagner, instructor for ASN’s new Animal Loss & Grief Support Program. Instructor, Teresa Wagner – May 25, 2010 – Chicago, IL – Animal Spirit Healing and Education Network is proud to welcome Teresa Wagner, instructor for ASN’s new Animal Loss & Grief Support Program.  […]

Why do we get so grief-stricken at the loss of a pet?

  Once they just got buried in the back garden. Now there are animal coffins and even helplines for bereaved owners… By Heidi Scrimgeour   Saturday, 26 June 2010 * When Christina McDermott was 11 years old, she had a diabetic hamster called Soda, who died. “My little brother built her a mausoleum out of […]

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 […]

Understanding Pet Loss and Grief

All of us need to love and to be loved. Loving animals is an important part of being human. As we develop bonds of love and affection we become attached to that one. When we lose one we love, we grieve. So grief is a normal reaction to the loss of someone or something to […]

Book – The Loss of a Pet

New Revised and Expanded Edition Sadly, all living things die. While you can never be completely prepared for that time, what is offered by Dr. Wallace Sife in these pages can help you draw upon new strength to ease your grief and pain. In this fully revised and expanded edition of the award-winning book The Loss […]

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 rip-roaring Stanley Cup finals -fades for a bit. So it was for me this week in the loss of my […]

Book – Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates

Do all dogs and cats really go to heaven? Yes, they do!  The death of your beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking losses you’ll ever endure. But recovery isn’t only about closure. You also want to know where your best friend has gone. After the intense, unexpected grief he experienced following the […]

Dr Michael O’Donoghue establishes Australia’s first Pet Loss Support hotline on 1300 431 450

Grieving animal lovers can now call a national hotline that has been set up to connect people with qualified and experienced counsellor who can help them cope with their loss. At the time of launch there were 10 service counsellors based across Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – with the service continuing to expand and […]

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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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