Welcome to Pets & People - our 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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Deciding When a Pet Has Suffered Enough

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New Bios-Urn Hits Australia

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A Young Boy Grieves the Loss of His Pet Hamster

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Questions about Pet Loss and Grief

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Public Mourning of Deceased Pets Gains Acceptance

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 am Associated Press | FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Because Julie Mack’s golden retriever was her best friend, roommate, playmate and travel partner, the euthanized passing of the nearly 12-year-old Clancy was excruciatingly painful. As Clancy’s head rested in her lap, Mack said a tearful goodbye in the privacy of […]

Pet loss Books

Book Review: Kate, The Ghost Dog: Coping With The Death Of A Pet – by Wayne Wilson My review originally posted on Feathered Quill Reviews Aleta is a bright, free-spirited, young girl who lives with her parents and younger brother. She has two great friends she loves spending her time with, and even has aspirations […]

3 Steps to Making use of Creativity to Ease Grief

We do not often connect these issues with each other, easing grief with photography and creativity. Engaging our inventive facet by gathering photographs, and then creating anything new and different can have a strong impression to aid ease the grief in our heart following an animal passing away. It is just that easy, and that […]

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 […]

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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 a link.13 hours ago
On a dreary winter day this past March, I experienced one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my entire life: the euthanasia of my dog, Hailey Mae. In a small back room at our vet’s office, I ran my fingers through her curly brown fur and…
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Pets and People is with Michael O'Donoghue.2 weeks ago
This lovely big fluffy cat needs a new home. He is 2 years old, desexed vaccinated and microchiped. His owner had to go into nursing home and was not allowed to take him with her. It would give this lady great comfort to know her beautiful boy had found a great home. If you are interested please phone Currumbin Fair Vet Surgery on 07 5598 6565
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Pets and People shared Sunset Home Veterinary Care's post.3 weeks ago
A very important conversation to have. Even if you are not facing the end. It will always help put things in perspective