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Simpawtico Animal Hospice will be there for you

Whether you need help arranging a memorial or need a hand to hold at grief counseling,
Simpawtico Animal Hospice wants to help you through this difficult time.


- Have a party for your pet BEFORE while they are still alive (invite their favorite humans and animals, serve their favorite foods - celebrate their life!)
- Memorial service
- Memorial web page
- Living Memorial, such as planting a tree or flower
- Put together a scapbook with photos, dog tags, memories, etc.
- Write a poem (if you'd like to share it, we'll post it on
- Make a clay tile with your pet's paw print
- Paint a ceramic tile at Petroglyph
- Have a portrait of your pet painted from your favorite photo
- Make a collage of all your pet's favorite places and things

old dogGRIEF HOTLINES (free)

• ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
(877) 474-3310
• Grief Recovery Institute
(888) 773-2683
• Grief Recovery Hotline (Mon-Fri, 9-5PST)
(800) 445-4808
• Iams Pet Loss Support Hotline
(888) 332-7738
• Pet Loss Support Pet Friends
| (800) 404-PETS
• University of Illinois C.A.R.E, Pet Loss Support Hotline
(877) 394-2273


• Online Chat Room by the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
(check chatroom for days/times/hours)
• Email:
• Click here for chat room


Santa Cruz SPCA Grief Support Group
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 7-9pm
2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 465-5000


Elani Aquino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
5905 Soquel Drive, Suiten500, Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 427-5505


Mourner's Bill of Rights, by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
What to expect when grieving an animal companion (download PDF)
Loving Animals and Losing Them
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has a great website with all kinds of support, including mrmorial pages, products, etc.
Wall Street Journal article about pet grief (Fiona Apple cancelled her tour to stay with her dog)



Please see our BOOKS page.

We have a list of books about grief and pet loss. Many of these (and more) are found in our local libraries or at These books have rated at least 4 out of 5 stars by reader reviews.


Simpawtico Animal Hospice of Santa Cruz County
is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation
All donations are tax-deductible