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Pet Loss Counseling and Support Services in Washington


Humane Society and SPCA of Seattle/King County
: 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005-4492
Phone: (425) 641-0080.
Fax: (425) 747-2985.
The Pet loss Support Group meets every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the Humane Society Library. To confirm meeting time and date please call (425) 641-0080.


Kent D. Boruff, BA, MSW, Registered Counselor and Hypnotherapist
: New Becomings, 2505 Cedarwood Suite 2, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-756-0091
Pet bereavement counseling, especially pertaining to loss of long time pets and service animals, is available at reasonable rates, in individual or group settings. Christian-based approach available on request. Please call for more information or to book an appointment.


Gera McGuire, MA, NCC, LMHC
Address: 1174 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 106, Enumclaw, WA  98022
Gera McGuire is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Enumclaw and Maple Valley, Washington.  She is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Counseling Association and the Washington Mental Health Counseling Association.   Gera received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and minored in Sociology at Hiram College in Ohio in 1993 and a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling in 1994 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, she received 3 years of post-graduate education through Philadelphia Child Guidance Center in ecosystemic structural family therapy.  Gera is also certified as a facilitator in the PREPARE-ENRICH program for couples who are considering marriage, are married, considering adopting or fostering children.  Grief, loss and bereavement is one of Gera’s specialty areas.  She conducts a free bereavement workshop series in Enumclaw called “The Good Grief Workshops.”   Gera is currently training her Great Pyrenees puppy, Bear, to qualify as a therapy dog and has a four year old mixed breed named Panda.  Gera offers pet loss workshops in the Enumclaw and Maple Valley areas.


Heartfelt Memories
: 10030 Holly Drive, Everett, WA
Contact: David Haarsager, Director
Phone: (206) 571-4439
If you find yourself facing the heartbreak of losing your beloved family pet, understanding your options for final care can provide some much needed comfort. We understand that transporting a pet after life can be difficult for many people. We offer home pickup, a paw print in soft clay, certificate of private cremation and the return of your pet’s ashes in a beautiful urn. Many pet owners today are choosing pet cremation as a respectful final care solution. You may choose to keep your companion near you or honor a favorite place you and your pet enjoyed. Pet cremation has become the most popular alternative for pet owners seeking respectful options in final care. Pet cremation is a compassionate, dignified and respectful way to honor a member of your family. We believe that every pet deserves to be handled with dignity, care and respect.


Airone Counseling
: 545 Rainier Blvd. N. Suite 16, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 557-7898
Contact: Carol Airone
Carol is a therapist with a Masters Degree in Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, State Certified Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Carol has a deep love and respect for animals. She offers a warm, safe environment to help those facing or enduring the loss of a pet. Her compassion and understanding helps facilitate the mourning process.


Human Animal Solutions
: 612 Carpenter Road SE Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: (360) 493-2586
Contact: Ann R. Howie, LICSW, ACSW.
I use a supportive style to help people find their own path through their grief. I have worked as a counselor since 1987, have provided pet loss support groups since 1989, and have worked in hospice and bereavement for more than 10 years. My master's degree is in clinical social work (counseling), and I have both state (LICSW) and national credentials (ACSW) as a counselor. I have enjoyed animals in my life since birth, and as a child I perplexed my parents by developing funerals and burial plots for all my pets who died.


Pet Loss Counseling
: 2222 State Ave NE, Ste. B, Olympia, WA 98506
Phone: (360) 236-1346
Message: (360) 786-6657
Fax: (360) 956-7455
Contact: Gloria J. Roettger, M.S., CMHC
Gloria Roettger is a Certified Mental Health Counselor in private practice. She has done pet loss counseling since 1984 and has worked with individuals, couples, children, and families. She offers supportive counseling for persons dealing with the decision of euthanasia, coping with the disappearances of a pet and for those grieving their pet's death. Sessions by appointment. Will do telephone consultation. Available for presentations and workshops.

Port Orchard

Fircrest Counseling
: Port Orchard, WA
Phone: (360) 871-1614 (Voice/FAX)
Contact: Mary M. Harvey, BA
Mary is a Certified Bereavement Facilitator through the American Academy of Bereavement. She has provided grief and loss counseling to individuals and groups for ten years, focusing on the unique and loving relationship between humans and animals. Mary is a consultant to veterinarians and the Kitsap Humane Society. Support groups offered. Telephone consults available.


Pet Loss Support Hotline
: Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA
Phone: (509) 335-5704
Trained WSU veterinary student volunteers staff the phones as compassionate listeners from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday-Thursday and 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Calls received after hours will be promptly returned on a collect basis.

People-Pet Partnership Pet Loss Partnership
: College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Box 647010 Pullman, WA 99164-7010
Phone: (509) 335-1303
TDD: (509) 335-1179
Fax: (509) 335-6094


Alder Counseling
10330 Meridian Ave N, Suite 200. Seattle, WA 98133
Kristina Callender, MSW, LICSW
As a grief counselor and proud pet parent, Kristina personally and professionally understands how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet who provides unconditional love. As a clinical social worker with experience in hospice and end of life care, supporting caregivers and families thru bereavement, Kristina understands the complex emotions that come with loss. Kristina's approach is to fully listen and encourage you to work thru the painful emotions to find meaning and opportunities for personal growth, teaching skills to cope as needed. Kristina offers a complimentary 20 minute phone consult for new clients and can arrange home visits depending on location and need. Evening and Saturday appointments available at Northgate office.

Hope and Healing Therapy
: 4500 Ninth Avenue NE, Suite 300. Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 633-6141
Fax: (206) 366-0891
Contact: Carolann Freedman, MA, NCC, CT
Carolann is a nationally certified counselor and a member of the American Academy of Bereavement and the National Death Educators Association. Carolann specializes in supporting people through their grief. Her heartfelt compassion and knowledge about how to support those who have lost a beloved animal companion make her a frequent speaker and referral source for holistic and critical care veterinarians. She would be delighted to schedule a free 30 minute consultation to hear your needs and concerns. Visit her website, or call for a brochure. Home visits may be available. Carolann wants you to know you need not go through pet loss alone!

Seattle Animal Shelter
: 2061 15th Avenue West, Seattle WA
Contact: Connie Starr
Phone: (425) 283-6345
The group meets every Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Conference Room at the Seattle Animal Shelter. There is no fee to attend. Donations to the Help the Animals Fund are welcome and appreciated.

Thula M. Weisel
: 902. E. Highland Dr., Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 324-8958

WholeLife Counseling
: Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 683-1561.
I facilitate group and individual counseling and workshops on a variety of issues including bereavement, life transition, and disenfranchised losses, one of which is the loss of a beloved pet. I am an animal lover with several cats. I have an MA in Applied Interfaith Theology, certification as a Bereavement Facilitator through American Academy of Bereavement, and certification in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).


Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County
: 2608 Center Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (253) 284-5809
The group meets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Humane Society shelter. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a beloved pet is welcome to attend. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required.

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