Pet Loss and Grief Support Resources

Pet Loss Support Groups

Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota

**Currently offering Virtual Meetings **

Pet Loss Support Group – meets the 4th Tues of every month, 7-8:30pm, free of charge.
Oakdale, MN
Call 651-501-3759, ext 3005 to register or email [email protected]

Companion Animal Love Loss and Memories

**Currently offering Virtual Meetings **

(CALLM) pet loss support group – 2nd and 4th Wed each month, 6:30-8pm, free of charge.
University of MN, Veterinary Medical Center
Call (612) 624-9372 or email [email protected] to register


Online Pet Loss Support Chat Rooms

Rainbow Bridge Pet Loss Grief Support Chat Room

Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement Chat Rooms


Pet Loss Support Hotlines

Tufts University pet loss hotline
M-F 5pm-8pm & 24-hr voicemail services
(508) 839-7966

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
M-F 5pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm
(607) 218-7457
The Pet Loss Support Hotline is available via Google Voice to facilitate support Wednesdays 6-8p.m. CST, Saturdays 11am-1pm CST and Sundays 6-8m CST. Google Voice will prompt you to enter your name before connecting, however, to remain anonymous you can say “anonymous” or just enter your first name.


Other Local Resources

Animal Humane Society of MN Pet Helpline
Resource for questions you may have regarding your pet’s behavior.
952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738)
M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sunday

You can see a list of resources for mental health, crisis, shelter, and other needs on our Local Resources blog post.

Pet Ministry at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley
Offers 1:1 discussion and support from ministry members
*Many local faith-based organizations offer free support for members and non-members. We encourage you to check in with your local group and find the support that matches your needs.


Counselors Specializing in Grief and Loss

FamilyMeans (formerly Center for Grief, Loss, and Transition)
The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering hope and healing for people during the difficult times in their lives. or (651) 641-0177


National Resources

Argus Institute at Colorado State University Grief Resources
The Argus Institute provides free grief counseling relating to pet loss and support to those making end-of-life decisions for their pets.

Veterinary Wisdom for Pet Parents
Caring for people who care for pets.

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