End-Of-Life Care

The American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers a guide to caring for your pet during his/her final days.


Veterinary Wisdom, the makers of Clay Paws, offers resources to help you prepare for and deal with the loss of a pet:



The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association sponsors a Pet Loss Helpline and Support Group for grieving owners. If you've lost a pet and need someone to talk to, think about close friends who understand the importance of pets, clergy and spiritual advisers, and your own veterinarian. If you need an additional source of help, call the CVMA at:


Veterinarians, animal health technicians, and other caring volunteers may be able to assist you during your time of grief.

"Wings," our support group, meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30PM at the
CVMA office
120 East Ogden
Hinsdale, IL

(No reservations needed, no charge, but donations are accepted)
Call 630.325.1600 for more information.

More resources:

Cornell University Pet Loss Support

Tufts University

Argus Institute: for Families and Veterinary Medicine

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Hinsdale Animal Cemetery (burial, cremation, and memorialization services)

Pawz 2 Remember (memorial jewelry made from your pet’s collar or tags)