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.

Find a Counsellor

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; the cat in the picture provided a great source of comfort during a very difficult time.

Thank you, Pets and People, for the lovely job on the cards!"

- Sharon

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Poem For Cats

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People Answer the Question: “Do Animals Have an After Life?”

Here is what they 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 would be easier to live if after death we could all meet in a glorious place […]

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 […]

School Mourns Beloved Alice

Posted By BENZIE SANGMA What caught her eye drawing her to the road that spring day on May 3, 1979? One would never know. But she never heard the sound of an automobile thundering down the road toward her. In a split second laden with sounds of screeching tires and a dull thud, it was […]

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 […]

Pet Cemetery Offers Final Resting Place for Beloved Animals

By Gerry Smith – Tribune reporter – October 26, 2009 About once a month, Carl and Ann Christoff visit the cemetery where Mindy and Buttons are buried.   As Carl clips and sweeps grass around their graves, his wife uses vinegar to wash bird droppings off the marble headstones. Before they go, they leave decorations: flowers, […]

Weekend Sunrise (Channel 7) sheds lights on pet loss and grief with Dr Michael O’Donogohue

Those grieving often suffer in silence because the lack of understanding in the outside world means sympathy is hard to come by.  Pet owners are often told, “it’s just an animal” or “you can always get another one” – comments which can understandably be hard to hear.

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 […]

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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.2 weeks ago
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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.3 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