Pet Loss

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In Loving Memory of Lucy

SPCA of Solano County Pet Loss Support Group

Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 -8:30 pm at the SPCA of Solano County in the Education Classroom, located at 2200 Peabody Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687.  This is a free service but donations are always accepted.  Bring a photo of your beloved pet to share.  The group will be facilitated by  a mental health professional, Bonnie Mader, a pioneer in the field of pet loss and human emotion and the co-founder of the Pet Loss Support Hotline.  The first 45 minutes Dr. Kelly Palm, the other co-founder of the Pet Loss Support Hotline will be there to answer medical questions.

Pet Loss support group facebook page




The purpose of this page is to promote the Pet Loss Support group at the SPCA in Vacaville. This page is not to give or receive advise on loss of a pet.  Feel free to share with other pet owners during this difficult time pictures of your beloved pet.




Reading List

For adults:

*  Grieving the Death of a Pet by Dr. Betty Carmack

*  Pet Loss:  A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children by Herbert Nieburg and Arlene Fischer

*  A Snowflake in My Hand by Samantha Mooney

*  Coping With Sorrow On the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson

*  Joy in a Wooly Coat by Julie Adams Church

*  Coping With The Loss of a Pet by Christina M. Lemieux, Ph.D.


Especially for Children

*  Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

*  Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

*  The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst

*  When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers

*  I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm



For more pet loss reading material go to the pet loss handouts tab 


Other Pet Loss Support Groups


Berkeley East-Bay Humane Society Pet Loss Group :  meets third Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm at 2700 9th Street at Carleton, in West Berkely.  (510) 845-7735. Drop-in.  Free with donations much appreciated.  Facilitator:  Jill Goodfriend (510) 393-1359


Davis:  Yolo Hospice Pet Loss Support Group:  Meets with no fee, first Monday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, Davis, CA. website.  (800) 491-7711; (530) 601-5756.


Dublin Pet Loss Group meets second and fourth Mondays 7-8:30 pm at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave, Dublin.  Free with donations.  Contact Michele Shimamura to register (925) 683-8463


Hayward Pet Grief Support Group meets second Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm.  Free.  Contact Rev. Nancy Schluntz for registration and address, (510) 969-6122



San Francisico SPCA Pet Loss Group meets first Tuesday at 243 Alabama St. San Francisco, CA 7:30- 9 pm.  (415) 554-3000. Free, drop-in group.  Facilitator:  Betty Carmack (414) 334- 5036.


San Mateo: Pennisula Humane Society and SPCA Pet Loss Group meets second Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame 94010.  Free.  Drop-in.  Coordinator:  Lindsay Reynolds (650) 340-7022 x 344.


Walnut Creek Pet Loss Group meets second Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm at ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive.  Free drop-in group.  Facilitatior:  Vicki Smith (925) 887-5678 ext 1075.


Nationwide/Vallejo  Nikki Hospice Help LIne (707) 557-8595 or email 

Additional Resources


Suicide Prevention Hotline




Caring for people caring for animals 



Amanda Tull

Special services I can provide include: 

--Blessings for new animals that come into your lives;

--Grief support for those who have experienced the loss of a pet;

--Celebration of Life or Memorial Service--honoring the life of your beloved pet. Each celebration is individualized based on what you want.

Please contact me at or 707.642.0740.  I will respond to your email or voice mail as quickly as possible.


Lynn Cohen

Marriage and Family Therapist

348 Cernon St., Suite E, Vacaville, CA 95688




Kent Hart MD (Psychiatry)

1627 Oak Ave Ste C

Davis, CA 95616



Northbay Hospice and Bereavement Support


Linda Priblle, MA, BCC, Bereavement Coordinator (email)


International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)



 Barbara Hodges DVM

Complimentary holistic care for compainion animals throughout their lives (email)



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