Pets are members of approximately half all households in the western world. Relatively short animal life spans mean that human companions inevitably face the heartbreak of pet bereavement, from making agonising decisions about the end of life to coping with feelings of loss and grief. Our relationships with animals can be ruptured through theft, surrender and loss too. The Pet Loss Network is a hub for practitioners and researchers to understand what pet loss means for humans (and animals) in different contexts. Our aim is to identify and share models of good practice to better support human-animal companionships at the end of life and in other ‘loss’ situations.
We host events and workshops to examine the challenges of pet loss in the UK and internationally; our website aims to signpost research and resources on pet loss.