Euthanasia is often the most emotional and painful decision a pet owner must make. Because this decision is so difficult, it can be comforting to know that you are not alone. Everyone experiences grief in different ways. Besides sorrow and loss, you may experience guilt, anger, denial and/or depression. Depression and guilt are a natural part of the grief process, but if unchecked, can leave you powerless to cope with your feelings. Know that there is support.

Support Hotlines

Grief Counseling HotLine: 877-GRIEF-10 or (877-474-3310).

Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 630-325-1600

Utah State University Hotline
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 435-757-4540 Mon-Thu from 5-7 pm MST

Colorado State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Argus Institute Client Support Service
Argus Clinic Line: 970-297-1242

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine New York
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 607-253-3932

Iams Pet Loss Support or call 888-332-7738 (Open 9am to 6pm, Eastern Time, Mondays through Fridays)

Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 517-432-2696

Outside of NJ: 800-404-PETS (7387)

SPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Texas,
Pet Grief Counseling Support Line
: 214-461-5131

Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 508-839-7966

Companion Animal Related Emotions, Pet Loss Helpline, Illinois: 217-244-CARE (2273)

University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Social Work Helpline: 865-755-8839

Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Hotline: 866-266-8635 – Local: 509-335-5704

National Suicide Prevention Life Line: 800-273-8255