Jamacha Veterinary Clinic

693 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, CA 92019



Pet Loss Support




Many of us have had to make the decision to humanely say goodbye to our pets. The grief that follows this decision can be overwhelming and it is important to know that there are resources available to help you. If you have recently experienced this or are in the process of making this decision please don't hesitate to utilize the following services below. Always know that the Doctors and Staff at Jamacha Veterinary Clinic are here to help answer any questions you may have. 


Pet Loss Groups:


San Diego County Pet Bereavement Program
2058 Oxford Ave. Cardiff, CA 92007
(760) 436-6798  Fax: (760) 436-6798 
Contact: Lorri Greene, Ph.D.
The San Diego Pet Bereavement Program offers support and counseling for those pet owners who have lost or are anticipating the loss of a pet. Free telephone consultations and low cost counseling is available by a licensed psychologist.


Pet Loss Counseling, Center for Effective Living
9815 Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 566-3333
Contact: Meg Kaufman, MFCC
Meg Kaufman is a marriage, family, and child counselor in private practice. Her specialties include bereavement counseling, especially for animal loss. She works with children, adolescents and adults and is available to speak to groups concerning the loss of a pet. Her background includes counseling in schools, hospices, outpatient psychiatric facilities and in private practice. She is also a certified animal lover!


Pet Loss Support Group
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 299-7012 x 2311  www.sdhumane.org
One weekend morning and one weekday evening session per month
The Pet Loss Support Group is open to those ages 12 and up, including pet parents who are considering or preparing for euthanasia. Thanks to support from the San Diego Pet Memorial Park, sessions are free. Donations are appreciated.


Pet Loss Support Hotlines:

ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline (toll free)

UC DAVIS Pet Loss Support Hotline - Discontinued.



Saying Good-bye to the Pet You Love Lorri Greene, PhD and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002. Also see San Diego County Pet Bereavement Program

Coping with the Loss of a Pet
Christina M. Lemieux, Wallace R. Clark, 1992

Living Through Personal Crisis
Ann Kaiser Stearns, Ballantine, 1984

Maya's First Rose
Martin Scott Kosins, Open Sky Books, 1992

When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings
J. Quackenbush & D. Graveline, Simon & Schuster, 1985 (out of print check library)

Especially for Children:

B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen, Bantam Books, 1983

Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?
Sally Sibbett, B. Libby Press, 1991

Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children
H.A. Nieburg & A. Fisher, Harper & Row, 1982 (out of print - check library)

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books, 1975



Delta Society - www.deltasociety.org, counselors, groups, websites, memorials, articles, and a comprehensive bereavement directory
Pet Loss Help - www.petlosshelp.org, memorials, articles, pet stories, reference links

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, www. APLR.org, Free groups, websites, memorials, articles

HealthyPets.com (AAHA) dealing with the loss of a pet