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The bond formed between a pet and owner is deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal is often as devastating as the loss of a family member or friend. Below are resources to help you decide when it's time to say goodbye, information on funeral and memorial services, and communities to help you cope.


When to Say Goodbye
Quality of Life Scale

New England Pet Hospice & Home Care
End-of-Life Care FAQ
Pet Loss FAQ
Euthanasia: Making the Decision
(Humane Society)

Euthanasia of a Beloved Pet - Understanding and Dealing with Euthanasia
Equine Euthanasia

In-Home Euthanasia
(directory by state)
In Home Euthanasia Directory

Lap of Love (Hospice & In-Home Euthanasia Services)


Funeral and Memorial Services
Final Gift Pet Cremation Services
Angel View Pet Cemetery & Crematory
Forget-Me-Not Pet Crematory
International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories

Communities and Pet Loss Resources
Pet Loss Support Page
(hotlines, counselors, hospice care, etc.)
Pet Partners
(listings of counseling and support services in Massachusetts)
When You Have to Say Goodbye
(book by MVMA member, Dr. Monica Mansfield)
The Pet Loss Companion

Coping with the Loss of a Pet
Helping Your Child When the Family Pet Dies
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

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