“But she’s also a very sweet cat. She loves to snuggle. I think [Danny] would have liked her.”
The death of a pet is just one reason animal owners call the Tufts hotline. The student volunteers can help answer your questions about a range of issues, including:
Did your pet run away, or were you unable to keep an animal because of a move, allergies or financial constraints?
Do you need to talk through end-of-life decisions for your pet, such as when is the right time to say goodbye and how to handle the remains?
Need information on helping a child grieving the loss of a pet or another pet in the house that is out of sorts because of a loss?
Wondering how to decide when to get a new pet?
When you call the hotline at 508-839-7966, you will speak one-to-one with a student volunteer. There is no formula for any call. The hotline volunteer also can send you a personalized packet of articles and book lists tailored to your specific needs.
The hotline is staffed weeknights from 6 to 9 p.m., with more limited hours over the summer. Messages left during off-hours will be returned, at no cost to you, during the next scheduled shift.
For more on the hotline, including links to other resources, visit www.tufts.edu/vet/petloss.
This article first appeared in the Spring 2012 Tufts Veterinary Medicine magazine.