Anthony J. Smith, DVM
Hercules, CA  94547
Pet Loss Resources

  • Christine Bartlett, PT, CHT, Berkeley (510) 418-1940
  • Betty Carmack, RN, EdD, San Francisco (415) 334-5036
  • Jill Goodfriend, RN, MSW, LCSW, Oakland (510) 393-1359
  • Rev. Nancy Schluntz, Hayward (510) 969-6122
  • Michele Shimamura, MFT, Dublin (925) 683-8463
  • Audrey Spector, MA, MFT, Berkeley (510) 704-5502
  • Bonnie Goodman, MA, CT, Palo Alto (650) 858-0755;

Support Groups
*Group times & locations are subject to change; be sure to call, email or check website

Berkeley Humane Society Pet Loss Group  third Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm at 2700 Ninth Street at Carleton, in
West Berkeley.  (510) 845-7735  Drop-in. Free, with donations appreciated.  Facilitators: Jill Goodfriend
[(510) 393-1359 & Sylvia Wenninger [(415) 341-4905  sylvia_wenninger@yahoo.

Burlingame Peninsula Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group  2nd Thurs 7-8:30 pm, 1450 Rollins Rd,
Burlingame. Richelle Pittella (650) 340-7022, ext 344,

Castro Valley/ Hayward Pet Loss Group second Wed 6:30-7:30 pm. Free.   Rev. Nancy Schluntz, Interfaith
Chaplain, email for location & reservations  

Dublin Pet Loss Group  second & fourth Mondays 7-8:30 pm  Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave, Dublin. No fee,
donations welcome. Contact Michele Shimamura for short intake interview (925) 683-8463

Marin Humane Society Pet Loss  first Monday, 6:00-7:30 pm. 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Whittle Building,
Novato, (415) 526-5699.  The Pet loss support group is facilitated by a licensed therapist from Hospice by
the Bay and is free of charge.

Humane Society Silicon Valley Companion Animal Loss Support Group first Tues 6:30-7:30 pm. 901 Ames
Ave, Milpitas. Facilitator: Vicki Traylor (650) 771-2707.  Shelter contact: Beth Ward (408) 262-2133 x178.    

San Francisco SPCA Pet Loss Group  first Tuesdays  7:30-9:00 pm. 243 Alabama St. (at 16th), 2nd floor,
San Francisco, 7:30-9 pm.  (415) 554-3000 Facilitator: Dr. Cori Bussolari   Free, drop-in.

San Mateo Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Pet Loss Group second Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm, 1450
Rollins Road, Burlingame 94010. Free, drop-in. Coordinator: Lindsay Reynolds (650) 340-7022 x344  

San Rafael Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin. 3rd Thursday, 7-8:30 pm. 901 E. Francisco Blvd,
San Rafael. (415) 456-7372. Katyln Stranger (415) 419-2416

ARF/Hospice of the East Bay Pet Loss Support Group  meets second Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm, Animal
Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek.  Free drop-in group.  Facilitator: Vicki Smith (925)
887-5678 ext 1075  


Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement: Chat rooms with professionally trained hosts.
For anticipatory grief: Lois Roach:

Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony

Paws to Heaven Support Directory

Argus Institute at Colorado State University

Mentaline Guide to Coping with Pet loss - A nice compilation of many pet loss resources         

PetSafe: Coping with Pet Loss - A set of nice links to pet loss support resources - Links to help kids with saying goodbye to pets

Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness & Understanding

Coping with Grief for College Students: Nice resource for anyone, but especially those in school.

The Power of Pets: A variety of tools helpful in healing from the loss of a pet

  • Nikki Hospice (707) 557-8595
  • Chicago VMA (630) 325-1600
(510) 381-3389
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