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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How do you know it is time say goodbye?

How do you know when it is time for euthanasia? 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? […]

The Last Battle – Pet Loss Poem

If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won. You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why are Some Causes of Grief Unacceptable to Society?

By Rheyanne Weaver August 11, 2010 – 11:55pm 1 comments When you take care of something for months or even years, you can grow attached to it, especially when it brings you happiness. For example, I became attached to several of my pet rats. Of course, the inevitable happened: they died. Although some people didn’t […]

Pet Funerals

When Chiquita Isom’s German shepherd, Silla, died of a fast-growing heart tumor last year with almost no warning, Isom was inconsolable. She knew she needed to do something to honor the loving dog she always called “my girl.” Days later, the Rev. Pat Boone, in black robe and long shawl patterned with dogs and cats, […]

Sharing Grief on Social Media

When Lucky died: A grief observed, on social media By Bob Sullivan   GOLDEN, Colo. — There’s a reason the expression goes “You look like your dog just died.” Losing a dog is a sadness so profound that it’s useless to explain to anyone who hasn’t been through it. In fact, finding others who understand […]

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won. You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more […]

Deciding When a Pet Has Suffered Enough

By JESSICA PIERCE Published: September 22, 2012 ODY died peacefully last year, Nov. 29. He was 14 and a half. Truth be told, Ody didn’t just die. I killed him. I paid a vet to come to my house and inject a chemical solution into a vein in Ody’s back leg. People ask me how […]

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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