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all of the sites listed below, I don't re-visit each of them regularly, and I'm not always notified when sites are no longer active.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  Thank you! [All links on this page last reviewed on October 24, 2019]

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  • 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.
  • CARE Pet Loss Helpline, 217-244-CARE (2273). A confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, accepting calls from 1 to 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may call at any time and leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.
  • 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);
  • 540-231-8038 Staffed by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Tuesday, Thursday, 6pm to 9 pm Eastern Time
  • 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;
  • 607-253-3932 Staffed by Cornell University veterinary students; Tuesday-Thursday, 6-9pm Eastern Time; messages will be returned.



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