Community Resources for Coping with Pet Loss

Online Resources:

San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Pet Loss Support

Humane Society
How to cope with the death of your pet

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Copying With Grief

Pet Loss


Grieving the Death of a Pet
By Dr. Betty Carmack, R.N., Ed.D., Augsburg Publishers 2003.
One of the original pet loss books.

When A Pet Dies
By Fred Rogers, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1988
Excellent book for children by Mr. Rogers from the TV show.

Support Group for Loss of a Pet:

“Pet guardians often feel isolated and misunderstood when coping with the death of a cherished animal companion. Recognizing the need to provide bereaved pet owners with critical support, the San Francisco SPCA continues to offer ongoing pet loss support groups.” 

First Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9:00pm.
No registration required. Lead by two therapists.
Please arrive between 7:25-7:30pm as late entry will not be possible.

SF SPCA Adoption Center, Geraldi Building,
250 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94103