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Pet Loss Counseling and Support Services in New York


Pet Loss Support Hotline
: Companion Animal Hospital, Box 35, College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
Phone: (607) 253-3932
Hours: 6:00-9:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Tuesday-Thursday


Marian A. McClellan, LCSW
: 185 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 679-4877
Marian A. McClellan is a clinical social worker psychotherapist who received her master's degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. She maintains a private practice where she works with children, adolescents, adults and elders. Ms. McClellan specializes in issues of separation and loss and has both a special interest in and personal experience with pet loss and bereavement.

Long Island

Janet Zimmerman, LCSW-R
Address: P. O. Box 2, Old Bethpage, NY 11804. Offices in Plainview and Huntington.
Phone: (631) 643-6205
Janet Zimmerman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing bereavement and other support services for over 30 years. Through Long Island Pet Loss Support Services, she provides a three-session program providing support for adults, children and families who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet. “I can help you move ahead in your life–not by ‘getting over it,’ but by turning your grief into warm memories and empowering you to feel whole again.”


"Paw to Heart" Pet Bereavement Support Group
: P.O. Box 317 Massapequa, NY 11758
Phone: (516) 785-6416
Contact: Medea D. Berkman, Supportive Care Counselor
"Paw To Heart" Pet Bereavement Support Group meets monthly with telephone counseling available in the interim. Educational materials on the grief process are distributed at each meeting. The group is free of charge, but accepts donations. Medea D. Berkman, the group's founder and facilitator is a trained mental health/HIV counselor and a former veterinary assistant/technician with degrees in psychology and animal science. She is vice president of the newly formed Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.

New York

ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Address: 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128.
Phone: (212) 876-7700, ext. 4355.
Fax: (212) 860-3435.
Contact: Stephanie LaFarge, Ph.D
The ASPCA Counseling Department offers a full range of pet loss and bereavement services. The National Pet Loss Hotline offers free nationwide consultation to bereaved owners on a 24-hour basis. Call 1-800-946-4646, use keypad to punch in pin number 140-7211 and then your own phone number. The call will be returned immediately. New York City residents may be seen in person at the ASPCA headquarters.

Jennifer Breslow, LCAT, ATR-BC

Address: 1133 Broadway, Suite 1023, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 481-5228
Jennifer Breslow is an art therapist, psychotherapist and animal lover in private practice in New York City with a specialty in helping people work through the grief and pain of losing a beloved pet. She offers traditional verbal pet loss counseling along with the opportunity to use art therapy as a unique way to move through one's grief. No artistic experience is necessary.

Jeremy Ortman, LMHC
19 West 34th St, New York, NY 10001
(646) 707-2224
Jeremy Ortman is a psychotherapist in private practice with a specialty in providing grief counseling and emotional support to individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one.  His approach is interactive, practical, and infused with sensitivity and a sense of humor to help you get through this challenging time.

Naomi Taicher, C.S.W.
: 498 West End Ave., Ste. 1D. New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 787-1932
Naomi Taicher is a certified social worker, psychotherapist, supervisor, adjunct assistant professor at NYU School of Social Work and pet owner. She has a private psychotherapy practice and extensive experience helping individuals, couples and groups address many issues including: life transitions, chronic illness, grief related to loss of human and animal companions. Available for presentations / workshops on pet loss and bereavement.

Pet Loss Support Program
: The Animal Medical Center. 510 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 838-8100
Fax: (212) 832-5630

Pet/People Problems – Education Therapy Service
: 145 E. 15th St., Ste. 1F, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 473-0932
Contact: Dr. Carole E. Fudin
Carole E. Fudin, Ph.D., BCD, CSW, a pioneer in pet loss counseling, human-animal bonding and the psychology of veterinary medicine. Dr. Fudin provides individual and family counseling for pet loss, euthanasia decisionmaking, as well as all other concerns about pets. Consultation is available for veterinary hospital staff to improve communication skills, reduce stress and resolve relationship problems within the hospital setting.

Marlynn Wei, MD
Address: Union Square, Manhattan, New York
Phone: (917) 740-5688
Dr. Marlynn Wei is a therapist and psychiatrist who specializes in pet loss and grief counseling. She has individual and group therapy available.

Staten Island

Holistic Consulting Centre
: 29 Lyman Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 720-5548
Contact: Barbara Meyers, CGT
Barbara Meyers is a Certified Grief Therapists and human-animal bond consultant in private practice specializing in animal related loss and grief. She is a Symposia lecturer at the foundation of Thanatology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and associate faculty member of the Seminar on Death at Columbia University. Long distance consultations are a regular part of her practice. An initial phone consultation is available without cost and literature is available upon request.


A.G. Associates
: (914) 664-1119
Contact: Andrea Gibbs, C.S.W.
A.G. Associates offers a full line of individual, family and group companion animal counseling services. Counseling is available around illness, euthanasia and bereavement issues. Founder/Director Andrea Gibbs is a Certified Social Worker, with over 20 years' experience as a companion animal specialist.


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