(877) 474-3310 The ASPCA’s Pet Help Line and support groups can aid families after the death of a beloved pet. Share the following with clients who need comforting after the death of a pet.
Our companion animals are family members with whom we share a unique bond. It is difficult to imagine our lives without them. Sadly, companion animals do not live as long as people do. Sooner or later, everyone who cares for a pet must face the ill-ness, old age, or accidental death of their beloved animal friend. We may have to deal with the difficult decision of whether or when to euthanize a very sick animal to spare him or her further suffering and provide a dignified, peaceful death.
Or, because of our financial circumstances, we may be torn about what medical procedures should be done for an animal who has given us loyalty and love. These decisions are some of the hardest we may ever have to make, and are often fraught with confusion and guilt. It is important to be well informed and aware of all humane options in order to make the best possible choice on behalf of a pet.
It is as natural and necessary to grieve for the loss of an animal friend as it is for any loved one who dies. And it is important to have compassion and support in one’s time of grief. A pet’s illness, accident, death, or need for euthanasia can trigger powerful emotions. At such times, many individuals feel confused, frightened, angry, guilty, and sad. These emotions are all normal. The ASPCA can help if the animal you love has died or if he or she is ill, injured or elderly.
Pet parents can receive help from the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program with the following issues:
- Assistance with the decision to euthanize.
- Comfort and support at the time of euthanasia.
- Help with grieving the loss.
- Advice on dealing with children, the elderly or disabled individuals who are facing a death of a companion animal.
- Helping the surviving animals in the household to cope.
- Assistance in establishing a relationship with a new pet.
For further information about the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program, call our Pet Loss Hotline at (877) 474-3310.