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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Testimonials

"The cat in the card I received looks identical to Mitchell, my cat who has recently passed away. The resemblance was so strong that I thought it was Mitchell!"

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We Have A Secret – A Pet Loss Poem

(Author unknown) We have a secret, you and I that no one else shall know, for who but I can see you lie each night in fire glow? And who but I can reach my hand before we go to bed and feel the living warmth of you and touch your silken head? And only […]

Helping Cats Cope with the Loss of Other Pets

Pet loss and grief can be difficult and heartbreaking for people, but it can be an even greater challenge to help the surviving pets deal with pet loss. Cats do, indeed, grieve. They cannot tell us how they feel. And the owners in the family may overlook behavior changes while dealing with their own sense […]

Pre-Grief: The Gateway to Grace

By Kim Eisen | Published: March 1, 2010 In the past, most grief therapies take place after the loss or event, whether it’s the transition of a loved one or beloved pet, a divorce, loss of a job, friend, relationship, self-image or anything with which you have formed a bond or attachment. Grief shows up […]

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 […]

The Power of the Dog

There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Buy a pup and your money will […]

I lost a treasured Friend Today – A Pet Loss Poem

I lost a treasured Friend today The little dog who used to lay Her gentle head upon my knee And share her silent thoughts with me. She’ll come no longer to my call, Retrieve no more her favorite ball A voice far greater than my own Has Called her to His golden throne. And though […]

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 […]

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 […]

When a Pet Dies, More People are Sending Pet Loss Sympathy Cards to Grieving Owners

Last updated: November 24, 2009 9:50 a.m. Emma Downs – The Journal Gazette “Pet-sympathy cards have long been available, but are more in-demand these days,” says Terri Todd, of the Anne’s Hallmark store on St. Joe Center Road. Darby was a typical terrier. High-spirited, mischievous, maybe a little too big for his tiny britches. “Ordinarily,” […]

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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 Pet Loss Grief Support & Animal Communication with Teresa Wagner's post.3 weeks ago
Pets need to grieve as well
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In a recent interview on ABC.net.au, Dr Michael O’Donoghue describes the profound effects that our animal companions have on our lives, and the intense grief that can be left behind when they leave us…

Read a summary or listen to the full audio at www.petsandpeople.com.au/pet-loss-and-grief/pet-bereavement 🔊
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Pets and People shared Companion Animal Rescue Awards's video.4 weeks ago
Dr Michael O'Donoghue is passionate about PEOPLE... not just Pets.

Today is #GriefAwarenessDay and together with Compassion Fatigue, Grief is a silent pain that many people in Rescue carry.
Recognition helps teams working in Rescue & Rehoming - ENTER the #JetpetsRescueAwards2018 TODAY*.

Dr Michael founded an Australia wide initiative addressing pet loss grief. Pets and People helps people who are struggling to cope with losing their much-loved animal companions. Grief at the loss of a pet impacts their primary carers, but also others who may have been involved in that pet’s life. In the case of #rescue #pets, we are very aware of the cumulative effect this can have on staff and volunteers.

Together with difficult decisions, grief and compassion fatigue are very real; thus Dr Michael was extremely keen to assist as a Judge for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards, to recognise those who work in this very challenging sector.

* Entries CLOSE TOMORROW at MIDNIGHT AEST, Friday, 31 August 2018. https://rescueawards.com.au/submit-an-entry/

Video credit: Ruff Diamonds
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#griefawareness #grief #support #foster #adopt #vetcare #rehab #shelters #compassionfatigue #livingwithpets #rescuepets #everybreedisinneed #responsiblepetownership #rescuepetsaustralia #rescuedismyfavoritebreed
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Companion Animal Rescue Awards
Dr Michael O'Donoghue is passionate about PEOPLE... not just Pets. Today is #GriefAwarenessDay and together with Compassion Fatigue, Grief is a silent pain that many people in Rescue carry. Recognition helps teams working in Rescue & Rehoming - ENTER the #JetpetsRescueAwards2018 TODAY*. Dr Michael founded an Australia wide initiative addressing pet loss grief. Pets and People helps people who are struggling to cope with losing their much-loved animal companions. Grief at the loss of a pet impacts their primary carers, but also others who may have been involved in that pet’s life. In the case of #rescue #pets, we are very aware of the cumulative effect this can have on staff and volunteers. Together with difficult decisions, grief and compassion fatigue are very real; thus Dr Michael was extremely keen to assist as a Judge for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards, to recognise those who work in this very challenging sector. * Entries CLOSE TOMORROW at MIDNIGHT AEST, Friday, 31 August 2018. https://rescueawards.com.au/submit-an-entry/ Video credit: Ruff Diamonds #NationalGriefAwarenessDay #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay #griefawareness #grief #support #foster #adopt #vetcare #rehab #shelters #compassionfatigue #livingwithpets #rescuepets #everybreedisinneed #responsiblepetownership #rescuepetsaustralia #rescuedismyfavoritebreed