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Local Support Groups:


Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Program
Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital


Pet Loss Helplines:


Pet Loss Support Hotline
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
1-866-266-8635 (24-hour message line; calls are returned as soon as possible)


ASPCS Pet Loss & Grief Support
American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
1-877-GRIEF-10 (1-877-474-3310)
24-Hour Availability

Local Therapists with Pet Loss Interest/Expertise:


Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.
3700 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 281-4852


Caryn Aman, MA
7110 SW Fir Loop. Ste 250
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 430-8750


Janet B Reigel, Psy.D.
2106 NE 40th
Portland, OR 97212


David C Brillhart, Psy.D.
The Reed Opera House
189 Liberty St., NE, Suite 210A
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 400-7500


Athena Phillips, LCSW
811 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 266-6910


Joan Starker MSW, Ph.D.
10175 SW Barbur Blvd. #300 B-A
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 246-7332

Terry Vinocur, LCSW
2920 SW Dolph Ct. Suite 1
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 293-2259

Various Online Resources/websites:


The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
Pet Loss & Grief Support Information
Online community, articles and support.


Pet Loss Support Page
Resources and information for those coping with grief.


Pet loss information and products to help pet parents prepare to say goodbye.


Day By Day - Pet Caregiver Support
Providing compassionate support for caregivers of aging, chronic and terminally ill pets


Argus Institute - Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Counselors offer support to people who are facing difficult decisions regarding their pet's health.


Rainbow Bridge
A virtual memorial home and grief support community

Books for Adults:


Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack


When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.


When Children Grieve by John W. James, Russell Friedman, and Leslie Matthews


My Pet Remembrance Journal by Enid Traisman, MSW


Men and Grief by Carol Staudacher


The Final Farewell: Preparing and Mourning by Marty Touseley


Facing Farewell: Making the Decision to Euthanize Your Pet by Julie Reck, DVM

Books for Children:


Snort's Special Gift by Suzann Yue


When You Have to Say Goodbye by Monica Mansfield, DVM


I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm


Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas


The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst


Cat Heaven and Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant


When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers


I Miss My Pet by Pat Thomas


Goodbye, Brecken by David Lupton


Remembering My Pet. A Kid's Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Ph.D.


Lifetimes. The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen


For Every Cat An Angel and For Every Dog An Angel by Christine Davis


Jasper's Day by Marjorie Blain Parker


A Special Place for Charlee by Debby Morehead


The Legend of Rainbow Bridge by William Britton


Goodbye Friend by Gary Kowalski


Paw Prints in the Stars by Warren Hanson


Mostly Bob by Tom Corwin


Other Pet Loss Resources, Memorial Ideas Etc.


Dove Lewis Art Therapy Workshops


Entwined Spirits - Handknits from Dog and Cat Hair


Family Animal Services - Urns, Jewelry, Natural Memorials


Organizations Accepting Donations in Memory of Your Pet


Dove Lewis Velvet Fund
The Velvet Fund provides assistance to low-income qualifying families to help cover the cost of emergency services at Dove Lewis.


Senior Dogs of Oregon Rescue
Rescues older and senior dogs ages 6 and up.


Bonnie Hays Shelter
Animal rescue, shelter and adoption services.


Multnomah County Animal Control
Animal rescue, shelter and adoption services.


Winn Feline Foundation
Supports studies to improve cat health.


Morris Animal Foundation
A nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary care.


Cat Adoption Team
Feline-only humane society and adoption services.


Born Again Pit Bull Rescue
Works with regional shelters to assist in the rescue and re-homing of pit bull terriers.


Family Dogs New Life Shelter
No kill shelter that helps rescue and re-home needy dogs of all breeds and ages.


Animal Aid
Rescue and adoption programs for homeless dogs.


Argus Institute
Clinical counselors offer support to people who are facing difficult decisions regarding their pet's health


Local Support Groups
Pet Loss Helpline
Local Therapists
Online Resources
Books for Adults
Books for Children
Pet Loss Resouces
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