The information and resources provided below offer guidance regarding the profound grief  in losing an animal companion and help to provide comfort during this difficult time. There are also resources to help provide support and guidance during the final stages of your pets life.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group in Asheville:
Meets: The 1st Wednesday of Each Month
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: Requests Donation
Location: 23 Edwin Place Asheville, NC 28804
2 houses down from the Unitarian Universalists Church in Asheville.

For more info contact: Christy Gunther MA, LPC at 828-258-3229. She is the facilitator and a therapist who specializes in pet loss grief.



The Argus institute || The Argus Institute was established at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University to address the unique needs that pet owners face when confronted with losing a companion animal. The Argus Institute offers a wide variety of information for pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary health care professionals. || This link offers a pet quality of life scale and daily diary which can be very helpful in viewing overall trends in pet quality of life and well-being. || The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care is an organization dedicated to promoting education and developing guidelines for high quality animal hospice, palliative and end-of-life care.  This organization has resources for pet parents and veterinary professionals. || This website offers information on such topics as helping children through companion animal euthanasia, ideas on pet scrapbooks and keepsakes as well as help with the difficult end-of-life decision making process.


Speaking for Spot This wonderful book written by Dr. Nancy Kay is an excellent resource for how to advocate for your pet’s veterinary care along with guidance on the end of life decision making process. For more information please visit :
Janet Jamison, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worked located in the Buncombe County area who specializes in helping individuals and families in coping with losing a beloved companion animal. For more information please contact her at 828. 628.0277 or email her at
Lisa Harris, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has experience in helping clients cope with all aspects of pet caregiving and loss.She is passionate about providing support and  comfort  to clients whose lives have been affected by caring for and losing a dear animal companion.
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This outstanding book provides a way to help children understand and cope with pet loss.
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