Note: Although I have visited and personally evaluated all of the sites listed below, I don't re-visit each of them regularly, and I'm not always notified when sites are no longer active.  I would greatly appreciate your feedback on the usefulness of any of the sites listed, and if you should encounter an inactive site, please let me know.  I have checked all of the helpline numbers to make sure they work, but if you encounter any that don't, please let me know so I can correct them. I also welcome your suggestions for additions to these listings. Please send your comments and suggestions to me at TousleyM@aol.com.  Thank you!

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PET LOSS SUPPORT TELEPHONE HELPLINES:

  • ASPCA National Pet Loss Helpline, 1-877-474-3310.   Free nationwide consultation to bereaved animal owners on a 24-hour basis.  (If your call is answered with a recording, please speak clearly, leave your own name and telephone number, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.) 
     
  • CONTACT of Burlington County, NJ, 856-234-4688.  Offers free telephone support, information and referrals to anyone who is mourning or anticipating the loss of a pet; 24-hour crisis helpline.
     
  • Nikki Hospice for Pets Foundation (NHFP) Pet Loss Support Hotline, 707-557-8595.  Callers are invited to leave a brief message if no one answers, and carefully articulate their name and call-back number, especially if using a wireless phone or when emotionally distressed, so that messages do not become garbled or unintelligible.  Calls will be returned as quickly as possible, usually within 72 hours.
     
  • The Iams Company’s Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline, 1-888-332-7738.  A special toll-free number for grieving pet owners, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
     
  • 517-432-2696 Staffed by Michigan State University veterinary students; Tuesday to Thursday, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern Time; http://cvm.msu.edu/alumni-friends/information-for-animal-owners/pet-loss-support/pet-loss-support-hotline/
     
  • 630-325-1600 Staffed by Chicago VMA veterinarians and staff. Leave voice-mail message; calls will be returned 7 pm to 9 pm Central Time (Long-distance calls will be returned collect); http://www.chicagovma.org/petlosssupport/
     
  • 540-231-8038 Staffed by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Tuesday, Thursday, 6pm to 9 pm Eastern Time
     
  • 614-292-1823 Staffed by The Ohio State University veterinary students; Monday through Friday, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern Time, and Saturday and Sunday,10 am to 4 pm Eastern Time; voice-mail messages will be returned, collect, during operating hours; http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/honoringthebond.htm
     
  • 508-839-7966 Staffed by Tufts University veterinary students; Monday through Friday, 6 pm to 9 pm Eastern Time; voice-mail messages will be returned daily, collect outside Massachusetts; http://www.tufts.edu/vet/petloss/
     
  • 607-253-3932 Staffed by Cornell University veterinary students; Tuesday-Thursday, 6-9pm Eastern Time; messages will be returned. http://www.vet.cornell.edu/Org/PetLoss/
     
  • 217-244-2273 or toll-free 877-394-2273(CARE) Staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9 pm Central Time; http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/CARE/
     
  • 509-335-5704 or toll-free 866-266-8635, Pet Loss Hotline, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/plhl/ ; staffed during the semester on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30 - 9:00 pm, and Saturday 1:00-3:00 pm Pacific Time.

     

 

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