Pet Loss Information

Pet Loss Information for Rockland County, NY

Valley Cottage Animal Hospital’s Complimentary Pet Loss and Bereavement Sessions – to help ease your pain during this time of loss, we provide complimentary pet loss and bereavement sessions.  We understand the difficulties faced when dealing with the loss of a cherished pet and hope that by sponsoring these sessions we can help you to understand and cope with these overwhelming feelings.  Family members are welcome. These sessions will be conducted monthly by June Kaplan, a licensed clinical social worker. June is also a dog and cat owner. If you and/or your family members wish to attend please call us at (845) 268-9263. Meetings are held at the Valley Cottage Animal Hospital from 7 pm until approximately 8 pm. Please call us for upcoming dates.

Tufts University – offers a Grief Support Hotline (508-839-7966) and articles regarding the loss of a pet. Messages left during off-hours will be returned, at no cost to the caller, during the next normal hotline shift. We realize our duty is not to provide counseling or help people forget about their problems. Our goal is to support people as they work through the pain and grief that is often associated with pet loss. We know the special bonds people have with their pets, and owners appreciate being able to talk with individuals who share their compassion for animals and understand the impact of their loss. On the hotline, callers speak one-on-one with student volunteers. There is no formula for any conversation. Our volunteers listen to callers as individuals, realizing that no two callers are alike and that everyone’s situation will be different.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Loss Support Hotline – (607-253-3932), 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Thursday. The first Pet Loss Support Hotline was set up in 1989 at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Cornell used their guidelines in construction of our own hotline. The hotline is staffed by volunteer veterinary students who have undergone extensive training with professional grief counselors. Volunteers regularly attend discussion meetings with faculty advisors. These meetings assist hotline volunteers in dealing with the personal responses to grief and educate them to better serve the needs of callers.

The University of Illinois Grief Support Hotline – The Companion Animal Related  Emotions Pet Loss Helpline is a confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. People who are either grieving the loss of a companion animal or are anticipating a loss are encouraged to call.  If you need a compassionate, understanding person to talk to, we are here to listen and to support you.  We are here Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9 pm Central Time.  Our toll-free telephone number is: (877-394-2273). The C.A.R.E. Helpline was developed to provide a supportive outlet for people experiencing the actual or anticipated loss of their cherished companion animal. The Helpline is staffed by veterinary students who understand the importance of the bond you share with your animal friend and the emotions involved when that bond is threatened or altered. The students have received training by professional grief counselors and undergo continued supervision by a licensed clinical social worker.


Location Hours

This location is open 24 hours a day/
7 days a week

Regular appointment hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 24 Hour Emergency Care for Pets 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Please call us at (845) 268-9263.