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!"

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Grieving the loss of a dearly loved animal friend? Pet loss counselling can help

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Readers answer the question “Do animals have an after life?”

Published: October 31. 2009 12:01AM We asked readers this month about animals in heaven or the afterlife. Here is what you 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 […]

How You and Your Child can Cope With Loss of a Pet

Credits: Virginia State Parks on flickr By MARIA SIKOUTRIS DI IORIO  April 25, 2017 at 12:58 PM Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love.  If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different than when a person you […]

Do Dog’s Grieve?

Dear SPCA, My elderly lab recently died. We’ve all had a difficult time coping with the loss but I am concerned about my other dog, Rhea. She doesn’t want to play, lays around and even went to her friend’s crate, went inside and howled and whined. I have since donated the crate to a local […]

I’m Still Here

Friend, please don’t mourn for me I’m still here, though you don’t see. I’m right by your side each night and day and within your heart I long to stay. My body is gone but I’m always near. I’m everything you feel, see or hear. My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart as long […]

Do Dogs Show Signs of Mourning?

QUESTION: I have two dogs that grew up together and one of them is very sick. I’m worried that when she passes away the other will be terribly grief stricken, so my question is: Do dogs mourn and what can I do to help? ANSWER: It’s my experience and my observation that dogs do indeed […]

A Young Boy Grieves the Loss of His Pet Hamster

Daily Bible Study with SEEDS OF THE KINGDOM Updated: Saturday, 19 December 2009, 8:26 (GMT) 17 December 2009 | Expressing Grief Jesus wept. John 11:35, NIV Our young grandson has just experienced his first loss of a pet.This nearly three-year old hamster died over the weekend and he was heartbroken. His parents handled it well. […]

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, […]

Modern Etiquette: When Bob’s dog dies, do you send flowers?

 Mary Mitchell has written several books on the subject of etiquette, including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Etiquette” and “Class Acts.” She is also the founder of executive training consultancy: The Mitchell Organization. The opinions expressed are her own. In the old days, I had been known to point at dogs in the street and […]

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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