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 grief.

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.
- “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 practice.

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
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.
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