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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Vet Starts a Pet Bereavement Programe

Pet-Owner Bereavement Requires Passage of Time by Mirko Petricevic/Record staff August 05, 2010 WATERLOO — Until late last year Dr. Jennifer Heick spent her lunches strolling along Waterloo trails with a couple of her best friends – a malemute named Meesha and retriever mutt called Bear. Then cancer crept into their lives and separated the […]

Pet Funerals

When Chiquita Isom’s German shepherd, Silla, died of a fast-growing heart tumor last year with almost no warning, Isom was inconsolable. She knew she needed to do something to honor the loving dog she always called “my girl.” Days later, the Rev. Pat Boone, in black robe and long shawl patterned with dogs and cats, […]

A Young Boy Grieves the Loss of His Pet Hamster

Daily Bible Study with SEEDS OF THE KINGDOM Updated: Saturday, 19 December 2009, 8:26 (GMT) 17 December 2009 | Expressing Grief Jesus wept. John 11:35, NIV Our young grandson has just experienced his first loss of a pet.This nearly three-year old hamster died over the weekend and he was heartbroken. His parents handled it well. […]

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

Published: October 31. 2009 12:01AM 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 go on like we were never apart. Life […]

How do you know it is time say goodbye?

How do you know when it is time for euthanasia? This decision is the hardest part of owning a pet, our pets and companions have put their trust in us, and we must decide when enough is enough. I believe there are several important questions to ask yourself. Is the pet still eating and drinking? […]

Don’t Shame Me For Grieving My Dog’s Death

A loss of a pet is still a loss. 05/04/2017 9:22 PM AEST | Lindsay Holmes – Deputy Healthy Living Editor, HuffPost LINDSAY HOLMES The author’s dog, Sapp, who loved going for rides and running on golf courses. “U want to cancel bc ur dog back home died? Haha.” A few months after I moved to New […]

A Tribute For Your Pet

By NICK BARNETT  Most of us have lost at least one pet that we really loved. How do we handle it? And what about when it’s not us but a friend who’s the bereaved one – what do you do then? A friend of mine, Kathy, recently lost her Abyssinian kitten. I knew Kathy was fond of […]

Honoring Beloved Pets That Have Passed Away

JUDY LAYNE | NS SPCA Published April 9, 2017 – 1:04pm Last Updated April 11, 2017 – 12:20pm My sweet Maddie on her favorite pillow. This story is hard for me to write since it’s intensely personal. I’m sharing it so that anyone who has truly loved and lost a cherished pet knows that someone […]

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. Currently there are 10 service counsellors based across Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Dr Michael O’Donoghue established the service so that people could call 1300 […]

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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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Well done Grace and Seb on the great work done together!
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A great story here about the power of pets to heal people.