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PET-LOSS SUPPORT
(Excerpted from Denver Post article, A loss like no other, published Wednesday, November 05, 2003.)

How to cope

A pet's death can be as difficult for some people as losing a parent or child. Animal lovers should keep these things in mind while processing their grief:

Denial, anger, guilt and depression are normal responses to a pet's illness or death. Confront these feelings with people who understand your loss and can relate to your grief.

Looking at pictures and writing about the animal will help.

Memorializing the pet is vital for getting past grief. The gesture might include a strategically placed portrait or a full burial service.

Seek out a support group. Exercise, eating right and getting plenty of rest go a long way toward feeling better after a loss.

Here are additional resources for anyone struggling with a pet's death:

Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, 303-874-7387, ext. 7312

Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, 303-318-0447

Colorado State University Argus Institute support line, 970-297-1242

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Pet Loss voice mail, 303-442-4030, ext. 609

Helpful websites include:

Grieving and Loss Support

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Pet Loss Support

Animal Shelter -
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
Address: 465 Cloman Blvd., PO Box 2230,
               Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)731-4771 FAX: (970)731-5552
E-mail: sheltermanager@humanesociety.biz
Thrift Store -
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm
Address: 279 Pagosa St on Hwy 160, PO Box 2230,
  Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)264-6424 FAX: (970)264-5593
E-mail: hsthriftstore@humanesociety.biz
Administrative Office -
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm
Address: 279 Pagosa St on Hwy 160, PO Box 2230,
  Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)264-5549 FAX: (970)264-5593
E-mail: hsadmin@humanesociety.biz