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The Pet Loss Network begins…

In September 2020, The Pet Loss Network launched with a workshop identifying key challenges at the end of companion-animal life. These included how veterinary practitioners navigate euthanasia in a clinical context and as humans who have companion animals; how we explain pet death and bereavement to children; how pet crematoria care for animal remains and what are the barriers to individual pet cremation; and what kinds of support are available to help humans deal with grief at animal end of life. 

Subsequent workshops addressed different forms of Pet Loss, including identifying how socio-economic inequalities shape pet loss experiences; surrendering animals into shelter; whether older people can take pets into care homes; how people experiencing homelessness access veterinary care at animal end of life; feelings of guilt and betrayal at animal end of life (or surrender); memorialising animal relationships in pet cemeteries; pet loss from a social work perspective. 

Learn more at Pet Loss Network Workshop talks