Pet Loss Support


Berkeley – East Bay Humane Society
(510) 845-7735
2700 9th St, Berkeley
Third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Jill Goodfriend (510) 393-1359;
Sylvia Wenninger (415) 341-4905;
Drop-in. Free, with donations appreciated

Castro Valley/Haywood – Pet Loss Group
Second Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rev. Nancy Schluntz, Interfaith Chaplain
Call or email for location & reservation
(510) 969-6122;;

Dublin – Pet Loss Group
Hope Hospice
6377 Clark Ave, Dublin
2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Contact Michele Shimamura for short intake interview – (925) 683-8463;
Free with donations

Iva Dempsey
(408) 475-6454
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 1:00 p.m.
Santa Cruz SPCA Administration Building
2200 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz

Beverly Kam, LMFCC
(408) 8-7433 or Fax (408) 379-5441
1925 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 206, Campbell
(San Francisco – Bay Area)
*Pet Loss support group available if enough interested parties
Blue Shield provider

Napa Valley Pet Loss Support Group
Dr. Kimberly Schmidt, Rev. Dr. Amanda Tull
(707) 535-9979
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Different locations
Email to RSVP and for meeting location:

Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association
Cheri Barton Ross, (707) 527-9330
Jane Baron Sorenson, (707) 579-3411
Weekly, drop-in support group
Lodge at Paulin Creek
2375 Range Avenue, Santa Rosa
(Sonoma area)

Audrey Spector – Northrup, M.A., MFCC
(510) 704-5502
Bimonthly workshops
Nielson Street, Albany (near Berkeley)
(San Francisco – Bay Area)
$20-25 per workshop

San Francisco SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
Dr. Cori Bussolari
(415) 554-3000
First Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9:00 PM
243 Alabama Street (at 16th), 2nd Floor, San Francisco

Dr. Cecelia J. Soares
(510) 932-0607
2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 6:30-8:30 PM
Walnut Creek
(San Francisco – Bay Area)

Walnut Creek – ARF/Hospice of the East Bay Pet Loss Support Group
Animal Rescue Foundation
2890 Mitchell Dr, Walnut Creek
2nd Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Contact Vicki Smith (925) 887-5678 ext 1075

Milpitas – Humane Society Silicon Valley Companion Animal Loss Support Group
901 Ames Ave, Milpitas
1st Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Shelter contact: Beth Ward (408) 262-2133 ext 178

Burlingame – Peninsula Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group
1450 Rollins Rd, Burlingame
Contact Richelle Pittella (650) 340-7022 ext 344;

San Rafael – Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin Pet Loss Group
(415) 456-7372
901 E. Francisco Blvd, San Rafael
3rd Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m.


Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
(805) 544-2266
1st Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30 PM
1432 Higlera Street, San Luis Obispo


Dr. Diane Kelley, Ph.D
(310) 559-3164
1494 S. Robertson Blvd., Suite 202, Los Angeles
1633 Gates Avenue, Manhatten Beach
2075 Newport Blvd., Suite 112, Costa Mesa
sliding scale/medical insurance accepted for psychotherapy

Dr. Kathleen Kaufman
(818) 244-7977
Meet once a month
Animal Specialty Group
4641 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles

Andrea Keith, MA, CEAP, CAMF
(949) 650-2442
Meet twice a month
CGI Counseling Center
4199 Campus Drive, Suite E
University Tower Building
Irvine, CA 92612
$25 fee

San Diego Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group
One weekend day each month, 10AM – 12PM and
One weekday evening each month, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
5500 Gaines Street, San Diego
For more information, call: (619) 299-7012 ext. 2311
or email:

Lorrie Greene, Ph.D
(619) 275-0728
Bimonthly group sessions
4298 Gesner, #3B, San Diego
$10 per support group session

Sheila Frank, Ph.D
(619) 528-2399
311 Camino del Rio No., Suite 400
2990 Jamacha Road, Suite 220, El Cajon
(San Diego area)
$10 per group session/insurance accepted

Cynthia Clay
(619) 679-6537
Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo
(North San Diego Area)
$99 each workshop (weekend)


Moderated chat rooms for Pet Loss and Anticipatory Grief

Monday Evening Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony 7 pm

Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets  Help Line (707) 557-8595  Grief support & info, memorial items, tributes

Tufts Pet Loss Hotline (508) 839-7966

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst, 1975

Pet Love, Betty White, William Morrow and Company, 1983

When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings, Quackenbush

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