Welcome to Pets & People - the 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...

Read more about pet loss & grief

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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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 Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’ […]

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 […]

Pet Loss Support – grief counseling – USA

Other Resources The Asso­ci­a­tion For Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)  has an excellent website that we recommend: www.aplb.org Counselors in the USA Chicago VMA 630-325-1600 Cornell University 607-253-3932 University of Illinois 217-244-CARE (2273) Michigan State University 517-432-2696 P&G Pet Care, Pet Loss Support Hotline 888-332-7738 The Ohio State University 614-292-1823 Tufts University 508-839-7966 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine […]

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won. You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more […]

Jasper’s Day

  A Reader’s Review:   “You can’t read this story without a tissue. This is a touching story about a boy Riley who wants to make his retriever Jasper’s last day very special. Together the family celebrates what a great companion Jasper has been by visiting many of the places that have been special to […]

Readers answer – ‘Should Pets 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 abandoned us, or b) If the cat might come home […]

Counsellor considers the loss of her own pet

For Lucy One morning when I was feeling particularly sad about Lucy I remembered a client from years ago. This woman sought counseling following the death of both a parent and a sibling. She spoke powerfully of the months she had cared for her mother as she died. She stoically described caring for her brother […]

5 Things This Tech Wishes You Knew Before Euthanizing

Euthanasia. The word itself makes all our stomachs drop. It is a gift to pets and a curse to owners – having the power to decide is something we are not comfortable with. However, when going through the euthanasia process with your own pets, you are in a position to make numerous decisions that can […]

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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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