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Pet Loss Support

Grieving? You Don't Have to be Alone

Its OK to Love & Miss Your Pet

Pet Loss Support

1-(866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704

Who Are We at the Pet Loss Hotline?

We are a group of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine students who have been trained in grief counseling by a licensed therapist.

Many of us have experienced the loss of a pet and are here to help you through this difficult time. By helping others through their loss we hope to become better, more compassionate veterinarians. As volunteers, we offer compassion and understanding. Most of all, we want you to know that it is perfectly natural to feel the way you are feeling. Grief is expressed in many different ways and each situation is unique.

We hope by contacting us from the privacy of your home, you will be able to release some of the grief and start the process of healing. Please call or write us if you need someone to talk to—we are here to support you.

The Rainbow Bridge

While we are connected with WSU College of Veterinary Medicine we are unable to address questions of medical concern.  Pet Loss Hotline volunteers are specifically prepared to help people cope with grief and bereavement in the pending or past loss of a companion pet.  We are unable to give out medical advice.   Some medical topics are addressed at the Pet Health Topics Site."

A longer version (10:47) of the above video is available on YouTube.

Pet Loss Hotline Hours & Contact Information

Email us at plhl@vetmed.wsu.edu
or call us at 1-(866) 266-8635 or (509) 335-5704

Phone and/or email message can be left for our staff 24 hours a day. Our phones are normally staffed during the semester Monday-Thursday, 7 PM-9 PM and Saturday 1PM-3 PM Pacific Time.

While school is not in session and during holidays we have abbreviated hours checking phone and email messages Monday-Thursday and Saturday once daily. 

All messages will be returned as soon as possible.

The Pet Loss Hotline thanks Purinafor their generous support of this project. 

"Grief is the Price of Loving"

 Dr. Leo K. Bustad
Pet Loss Hotline
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