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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The traumatic loss of a pet under sudden and violent circumstances can leave an owner feeling powerless.

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What should I tell my children?

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

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Do Dogs go to Heaven?

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Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died

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How to Know When It’s Time to Euthanize Your Pet

  Just last week, while I was performing euthanasia for a critically ill patient, the pet’s owner looked at me and said, “I bet this is the hardest part of your job.” That gave me pause. For me, putting animals to sleep is not one of the hardest parts of being a veterinarian. That’s because […]

Counsellor considers the loss of her own pet

For Lucy Posted on November 6, 2009, 6:16 pm | 71 views Pat Myers My husband and I recently made the heartbreaking decision to euthanize our eleven year old beloved dog Lucy. As we have grieved her loss the counselor part of me has been trying to make some sense of both the process of […]

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 […]

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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 People3 weeks ago
It is always good to have a nice space and privacy in this difficult moment.
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Pets and People1 month 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 People3 months ago
We know this is true but hoping to inform non pet owners as well.