“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”
– Anatole France
Complimentary Pet Loss & Bereavement Counseling
Losing a pet can be one of the hardest experiences to go through. WVRC has partnered with Red Oak Counseling to provide a free monthly pet loss support group.
Held on the first Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., each pet loss counseling session is in a group format, conducted in a safe, quiet environment at Red Oak Counseling’s office: 12970 W. Bluemound Road, Elm Grove, WI.
All of the staff at Red Oak Counseling are licensed professionals specializing in mental health and AODA issues.
Let Red Oak Counseling’s monthly pet loss group give you the support you need. Call Coleen Kittelson, LPC, NCC at Red Oak Counseling at 262-780-1020 for more information.
Pet Parent Resource Center
The resource center on Veterinary Wisdom Pet Parents is filled with online articles to help families cope with end of life decisions, cancer, kids and grief, how to move on after euthanasia, and so much more. They will help guide you through and make the best decisions for you and your pets.
Learn More about Specialty Pet Care
ACVS and ACVIM are pleased to announce VetSpecialists.com, a joint effort with the common goal of promoting specialty veterinary medicine to the animal-owning public. VetSpecialists.com provides the content animal owners need to make decisions about their animal’s health. Core to the message is the importance of specialty veterinary medicine and surgery as part of the triad of care – animal owner, primary care practitioner, and specialist.
National Support Hotlines and Resources
- University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine | 1-800-565-1526
- Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine | 607-253-3932
- University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine | 1-877-394-CARE (toll-free) | 217-244-CARE (local)
- Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine | 508-839-7966
- Washington State University | 509-335-5704
Online Grief and Loss Support Resources
- Cherished Keepsakes
- Pet Loss Support
- Pet Bereavement Counseling
- Helping Children Cope with the Death of a Pet
Horse Loss Support
Mental Health Articles
- Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously
- Coping with the Loss of a Pet
- Why the Loss of a Pet can be the Hardest to Bear
Additional Support Materials
Books for Children:
- Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
- Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
- I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm, Crown Pub
- A Special Place for Charlee: A Child’s Companion Through Pet Loss by Debra Morehead
- A Gift From Rex by Jim Kramer, DVM
- Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen
- The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
- Annie Loses Her Leg But Finds Her Way by Sandra J. Philipson
- Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids by Alan Wolfelt, PhD
- Goodbye Mousie by Robie Harris
- Tough Boris by Mem Fox, Harcourt
Books for Adults:
- Goodbye My Friend by Herb and Mary Montgomery
- A Final Act of Caring by Herb and Mary Montgomery
- Journey Through Pet Loss by Deborah Antinori
- Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack
- How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando
- The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russell Friedman
- Healing Your Grieving Heart by Alan Wolfelt, PhD