Pet Loss and Grief Support Resources
Local Pet Loss Support Groups
Animal Emergency & Referral Center
Pet Loss Support
Companion Animal Love Loss and Memories
(CALLM) pet loss support group
University of MN, Veterinary Medical Center
Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley Pet Loss Support Group
This group is an ongoing, informal support group for adults 16 years and older led by compassionate facilitators. The drop-in groups are provided to the public for free, and reservations are not required to attend.
Pet Loss and Terminal Illness Support Group at Insight Counseling
First Monday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm at Insight Counseling
306 West Superior Street, Alworth Building, Suite 1000, 10th Floor Duluth, MN 55802
Other Local Resources
Animal Humane Society of Minnesota Behavior Hotline
Animal Humane Society’s Behavior Helpline is a helpful resource to reach out to with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s behavior.
10 AM – 6 PM, every day
Foster My Pet
Helping families in crisis keep their pets.
www.fostermypet.org or (651) 503-0045
Counselors Specializing in Grief and Loss
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.
http://www.griefloss.org or (651) 641-0177
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.
Pet Loss Support Hotlines
Tufts University pet loss hotline
University of Illinois pet loss support hotline
Washington State University pet loss hotline
We are pleased to recommend several local cremation services. Call or email for a list of our recommendations.
End of Life Pet Photography
Sarah Beth Photography – Joy Sessions
Whether you’ve spent a short time or a lifetime with your pet, saying goodbye is the hardest thing you’ll have to do. These special, end-of-life sessions are just for terminally ill or elderly pets.
Locally Made Pet Memorial Items
Jennifer Illustrations–Beautiful pet portraits.
Wag to Love–Hand painted pet portraits.
Ascension Art Glass–Glass blown memorials that incorporate your pet’s ashes.
MN made wooden urns-Etsy store–These lidded bowls are popular as a final resting place for the ashes of beloved pets, and can be customized with the name of your pet.
Ever My Pet-MN urn supplier–At Ever My Pet, a Minnesota company, people grieving the loss of a beloved pet can shop from home from over 800 pet tributes and memorial urns for the perfect tribute and the perfect inscription.
Nelli Designs Candles–NelliDesigns is a Minnesota based candle company specializing in pet-inspired candles.
Pet Sympathy Stones –Large stones for the garden or indoors can be personalized to best represent your beloved pet.
Midwest Cremation Services–In addition to urns, MCS offers a line of jewelry that holds a small amount of your pet’s ashes.
Paws Forever Handcrafted Products – Beautiful, modern, and totally customize-able pet urns, made in Minnesota.
Emergency Veterinary Clinics
If your pet needs help after-hours, there are several emergency clinics in the Twin Cities metro area. The map below is interactive. Find the clinic closest to you and click on the paw print to view the phone number, address, and link to their website.