Emotional Support Groups


Young Man hugging a Bernese Mountain Dog on a couch

If you are feeling emotionally drained or maybe you are experiencing anticipatory grief from nursing your sick and elderly dog, we want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many people are going through the same difficult journey as you are. There are several private pet support groups on social media that you can join to share your experience and gain insightful tips. Caring for a sick animal companion is emotionally exhausting and heart breaking, remember to be kind to yourself.

 Facebook groups for senior dog parents

Remember when Facebook used to be about reconnecting with your high school buddies? While the Social Media Network has certainly become controversial in recent years, it still has the power to bring people together for a good cause. We have found several private and public communities of people with senior dogs where you can share your feelings and concerns. Remember that some of these groups will ask you to accept their community rules before joining.

This is a public group where you can post and share a cute picture of your dog, ask for advise or simply express your concerns to other dog parents. The purpose of the group is to share information on everything senior dogs. Remember to be kind and respectful when posting and commenting on other people's stories.

A private group of 6k + members where they encourage sharing advise and support. You can post names of useful articles, products and websites with no links. 

Some groups are more specific to an illness or disease, for example if your dog has been diagnosed with Kidney Disease or Cancer. These groups are not composed of medical professionals so while you will undoubtedly find some great advise and support, It's important to have a veterinarian you trust and who knows your dog's medical history.

Anticipatory Grief and Pet Loss Support Group

Whether you are preparing to say goodbye or your best friend has already crossed the Rainbow bridge, you will need all the support you can get. Sometimes family and friends don't always understand or unintentionally say the wrong things, this is why we recommend support groups or professional help from a counselor.

Grief Counseling Hotlines

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
Call: 607-218-7457

The Pet Loss Support Hotline is available via Google Voice to facilitate support Monday through Friday, 6pm – 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 9pm. When prompted to say your name, you may say “anonymous” if you wish.

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline

Call: 508-839-7966

6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Phone messages can be left 24/7