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dog liability insuranceDealing With The Loss of A Pet


Dealing with the loss of a pet can be devastating.  I often think about “the day” that our Pit Bull Bernice will no longer be here and it always gives me a lump in my throat. 


We all deal with loss differently and sometimes we need more than family, friends or co-workers for support.


A Pet Loss Support Group gives you a chance to meet others that share in your same thoughts and emotions.  Often these groups are run by a licensed, clinical social worker.  


Pet loss support groups are great for those who have recently lost a pet, are still mourning an old loss, are anticipating the death of a pet or who are preparing to put their pet down.


If you are wondering:

       Why do I feel so lost without my pet?

       What do I tell my child/children about the loss of our pet?

       When should I get another pet?

       Why can’t I get over a pet that passed away a while ago?

These questions and many others can be addressed in a Pet Loss Support Group.


If you are dealing with a pet loss, everyone at Einhorn Insurance offers you our sincerest apologies.  If you’d like us to post a photo of the best friend you lost on our Facebook page, we will be happy to do so.  We also encourage you to share some of your favorite things about your best friend so we can tell others how amazing they were.


If you have any advice that can help others coping with the loss of a pet, please post them on our facebook page at!/einhorninsurance.


Below is a list of pet loss support groups in California. If you scroll down, there’s a link that will help you find pet loss support groups in other states.


San Francisco Pet Loss Support Group
Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month 7-8:30pm, downtown San Francisco Free.
To RSVP, email or call (415) 401-7405


Loma Linda Pet Grief Recovery Group
Loma Linda University Medical Center
11234 Anderson St. Loma Linda, CA 92354
It is a 7 week long class, and we meet once a week for 1 hour and half, and we teach about how pet loss grief affects those suffering, coping skills, and ways of finding closure.
New groups begin the first Tuesday of January, April, July, and October From 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Phone: 909 558-7355


Monterey Pet Loss Support Group
The SPCA for Monterey County
1002 Highway 68, across from Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 12:00-1:00 at The SPCA’s Education Center
The group is drop-in with no need to register and there is no charge.
More information: Call Joseph Lumello, VNA & Hospice, at 831-758-8243or visit


Modesto Pet Loss Support Group: “Away From Me Now”
Optimal Hospice Care, 122 West Granger Ave., Modesto, CA 95350
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday each month at 7pm. Participation is free.
Dates and times are subject to change; please call before coming.
Dianna Bates Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator Phone: 209-338-3000


Culver City Pet Loss Support Group
Agape International Spiritual Center
5700 Buckingham Pkwy., Culver City, CA. 90230

Meets 2nd Sun. of every month 2:30-4:30 p.m.
One From the Heart Ministry
Phone: (310) 348-1260 ext. 426


San Diego Pet Loss Support Group
4295 Gesner St. Suite 3B San Diego
Phone: (619) 275-0728


San Diego Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group
5500 Gaines Street, San Diego CA 92110
Weekend morning and weekday evening sessions available.
Sessions are free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
For dates and times, please call 619-299-7012 ext. 2311 or check on-line at


San Mateo Pet Loss Support Group

Peninsula Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group
12 Airport Boulevard, San Mateo
Meets 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM. (650) 340-7022 ext. 344
Drop in basis – no need to register, no charge.


Santa Rosa REVMA Pet Loss Support Group
775 Farmers Lane Santa Rosa
Phone: (707) 579-3411

Meets Tuesday nights from 7:15-8:30 p.m.


Alameda County and Contra Costa County Pet Loss Support Groups
Meets first Tuesdays of each month at Hillcrest Community Church from  7:00-8:30 pm

404 Gregory Lane, Room #9, in Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Third Tuesdays of each month at 914 Heinz Street (at 7th St.) in Berkeley, CA 94710 from 7:00-8:30pm
Both groups are free and drop-in.  
Contact number for both groups is Jill Goodfriend, a RN & Licensed Clinical Social Worker (510) 393-1359


Santa Cruz Pet Loss Support Group: Companion Animal Loss Grief Support Group
2260 7th Ave., Santa Cruz. Free of charge.
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at the Santa Cruz

Phone: SPCA (831) 465-5000


San Francisco Pet Loss Support Group
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:00pm
Drop in basis – no need to register, no charge.
For Details and Location call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 554-3050


Pet Loss Support Group
Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association
Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Contact Cheri Ross at (707) 527-9330 for details.


Oakland Pet Loss Support Group
Oakland Humane Society
8323 Baldwin Oakland, CA 94621
Phone Carol Nobori at (510) 569-0702 for details.


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