When you’re going through a stressful or heartbreaking time with a pet, it can be really helpful to connect with other pet owners going through similar situations. I offer two different support groups for pet owners, one for Pet Stress and one for Pet Loss.

 Pet Stress Support Groups

The “Pet Stress Support Group” I facilitate here in Chicago focuses on supporting owners who are caring for pets with behavioral “special needs”. This is the group for you if you have a pet who has behavior issues that:

  • Causes stress & a whole range of emotions for you
  • Impacts your day to day life
  • Affects your relationships with family and friends
  • Leaves you feeling isolated and alone

The “Pet Stress Support Group” is held quarterly at my office. There is a $20 fee/per group (scholarships available). To learn of upcoming dates for the group, click here To RSVP or with questions, you can contact me by email at [email protected] or by phone at (872)-216-0255. If you would feel more comfortable with one-on-one support, here is more information about counseling for pet owners.

If you are struggling with the emotional roller coaster of caring for a pet with medical or aging special needs, Compassionate Veterinary Hospice has a “Caregiver Support Group” available, you can find more information about their group here.

If you are not in the Chicago area, check here on the DINOS page to see if there is a group near you! I also do presentations and webinars on the impact on owners caring for a pet with behavior problems. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, you can contact me.

Pet Loss Support Groups

Because the loss of a pet can be such an overwhelming and isolating experience, attending a pet loss support group can be a helpful way to connect with others who understand the pain you are going through.

You may find a pet loss support group helpful when you are:

  • Navigating decisions around end of life for your pet
  • Experiencing the “anticipatory grief” of saying goodbye to them
  • Dealing with wide array of emotions when they gone from your daily life
  • Trying to find support and strategies to help you move through the pain and heartbreak

I facilitate the PAW’s Chicago HEAL (Helping Each Other Alleviate Loss) Support Group. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 7-8pm at PAWS Adoption Center location and you can find more information about the group here. The group is free thanks to the generous support from Hinsdale Pet Memorial Services. To RSVP for the group you can email PAWS staff member Kristina Young at 773-687-4706 or email [email protected] 

There are several other Pet Loss Support Groups in the Chicagoland area, click on the links below for more information.

The Anti-Cruelty Society Pet Loss Support Group

Hinsdale Pet Grief Support Group

Wings Pet Loss Support Group

Veterinary Specialty Center Pet Loss Support Group

For more information on the counseling I provide for pet owners, click here

Find support

You don’t have to go it alone. If you are dealing with the stress of caring for a special needs pet or the heartbreak of losing a pet, reach out for support. I’m here to help you navigate the supports available to you, contact me to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation.