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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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, […]

Board game helping Children with Pet loss

Aultman game wins over kids experiencing loss By Cheryl Powell Beacon Journal medical writer POSTED: 12:00 p.m. EDT, May 05, 2010 CANTON: Dealing with the death of a loved one is hardly child’s play. But a Northeast Ohio hospital is marketing a new board game designed to help children share their emotions in a nonthreatening […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poem For Cats

(Author Unknown) And God asked the feline spirit, “Are you ready to come home?” “Oh, yes, quite so,” replied the precious soul “And, as a cat, you know I am most able To decide anything for myself.” “Are you coming then?” asked God. “Soon,” replied the whiskered angel. “But I must come slowly For my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 Cultura Colectiva +'s video.3 weeks ago
What a great holiday!
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Best flight ever!!!
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Great work in New York, we need to be doing more of this in Australia.
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Pets and People shared Dog Lovers Show's post.3 weeks ago
This looks great fun!