Lightning Strike Pet Loss Support - When you
suffer the loss of a pet, the best thing you can do
is seek out others who can empathize with your

Online for more than a decade, this pet loss
support website contains information and other
vehicles of grief support that can help you make it
through these troubled times. The true beauty of
the Internet is its vast resources. And, we hope
Lightning Strike is the one place to which you can
turn to get the compassionate comfort and support
you need right away.
Pet Loss - A Reference to References - A sad but
true fact is that we will most likely outlive our pets.
In fact, during our lifetimes we may be fortunate
enough to love and unlucky enough to lose several
close animal companions. Whether dogs, cats,
birds, horses or any other living creature, our
friends touch us in special ways that require a
special touch to heal. This document is a start
toward the healing process. Somewhere in this list
we hope you will find words of comfort. If you take
nothing else from this list, take away the knowledge
that others understand your pain and are here to
“Animal Companions and their People” is dedicated
to fostering and furthering an increased
understanding of as well as respect and
appreciation for the animals with whom we share
the earth. It is designed to help us recognize the
purposefulness, sacredness and interconnectedness
of all creatures. Its purpose is to elevate our
consciousness and recognize that animals
experience life and death and share many of the
same emotions we have. It also seeks to improve
our awareness of and expand communications
between our animal companions and us.

In particular, this site is devoted to all aspects of
pet ownership or as we prefer to call it “pet
guardianship” or “pet parenthood.” We view our
animal companions as integral and vital friends,
companions and beloved family members with whom
we share our hearts, our homes and our daily lives.
They are fellow travelers on the path of Life and
their journey is interwoven with our own.
Pet Loss Support Page - Anyone who considers a
pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member
knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss
of that friend. Following are some tips on coping
with that grief, and with the difficult decisions one
faces upon the loss of a pet.
Euthanasia & Death of a Pet - Pet -
Making decisions about euthanasia can be one of
the most difficult things we ever do, and every pet
owner must eventually face coping with this grief.
This section provides information and resources to
assist you when your pet dies.
Pet Loss Support Hotline -  (College of Veterinary
Medicine at Michigan State University) T
he hotline was
established in January of 1994, to provide a
nonjudgmental outlet for people to express their
feelings and concerns when they are faced with the
loss of their cherished animal companion.

The hotline is staffed by veterinary students who
are trained in conjunction with a professional grief
counselor. Working the hotline provides valuable
experience for these future veterinarians.

The hotline is also a local and national resource for
educating the veterinary community about the
significance of the human-animal bond.
Pet Loss Support Hotline - (Cornell University,
College of Veterinary Medicine)
- 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.

Literature relating to pet loss and grief is maintained
by the hotline and available for mailing to callers
who request information. Articles about the
human-animal bond and grief are provided for the
education of student volunteers and, together with
the experience from the hotline, help to prepare the
students for the emotional side of veterinary

Many if not all of the veterinary student volunteers
have experienced the loss of a beloved companion
animal and are aware of the profound sadness and
confusing emotions that can result. They
understand that every loss is unique and they are
trained to acknowledge the normal grieving process
that callers are experiencing.
The Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline is not a mental
health hotline. If the concerns voiced over a call are
beyond topics related to pet loss and pet grieving,
volunteers will help you find appropriate resources
for your needs.
Copyright 2020 © Barry M. Baker
Pet Loss