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...

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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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Changes to the Way We View Pet Loss and Grief

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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 […]

How Do You Know When it is Time for Euthanasia?

How to know when it is time to say goodbye? This decision is the hardest part of owning a pet, our pets and companions have put their trust in us, and we must decide when enough is enough. I believe there are several important questions to ask yourself: Is the pet still eating and drinking? […]

Does Counselling Help When You Have Lost A Pet?

Pet Loss and Grief Counseling The loss of a pet can be for some people, a devastating and misunderstood experience. It is not unusual, if you are feeling bereft and distressed if you have recently experienced the loss of your pet. Those who have never bonded closely with an animal and experienced their unconditional love […]

Honoring Beloved Pets That Have Passed Away

JUDY LAYNE | NS SPCA Published April 9, 2017 – 1:04pm Last Updated April 11, 2017 – 12:20pm My sweet Maddie on her favorite pillow. This story is hard for me to write since it’s intensely personal. I’m sharing it so that anyone who has truly loved and lost a cherished pet knows that someone […]

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 […]

The Traumatic Loss of a Pet Under Sudden and Violent Circumstances can Leave an Owner Feeling Powerless.

Grief over the death of a beloved pet can be devastating Ellie advises a reader who can’t recover from the death of a dog/best friend, killed by a pitbull in its owner’s presence. By: Ellie Advice, Published on Thu Mar 14 2013     Q: Last September, I lost my 3-year-old dog/best friend in a […]

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 […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Loss

Am I going mad? If you have regarded you pet as a friend, family member, beloved companion, then it is not unusual to be very distressed at the death or impending death of a pet. Who can I talk to when he/she dies? Talk to someone who understands the bond you had and who also […]

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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