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Grief Counseling

Angell has a veterinary social worker who is available to provide support to Angell clients. This complimentary support is provided to meet a variety of needs including making decisions about your pet’s care, having discussions about quality of life and providing support for end-of-life situations. Both individual and group support is available.

Available sessions

Please call or email Annette Scanlon, LICSW at 617-541-5023 or ascanlon@angell.org for more information and to register for any of the following counseling services. Group sessions have rolling admission.

Caregiver Support
Are you the primary caregiver and feeling overwhelmed caring for an aging or ill pet? Please join us for a group that will offer support and ways to better cope and care for yourself.

Emotional and Support Animal
Join a group where you will discuss your role in having a support animal. Be informed about the rules and regulations.

Pet Loss
Are you feeling sad and down since your pet died? Are you finding that not everyone understands? Please join us for a safe place to talk about your feelings and ways to cope after the death of your pet. This drop-in group meets the second Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30pm at Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston. Additional Saturday sessions will be added by January 2019.

We understand that it can be devastating to deal with the loss of a pet. Most of us share an intense love and bond with our animal companions, so it’s natural to feel grief and sadness when a beloved pet passes away. Likewise, we know the pain of loss can be overwhelming, and dealing with such emotions can be extremely difficult. Angell is committed to providing you with the personal attention and empathy that is needed to ease the sorrowful experience of losing a beloved pet.  In addition to our staff’s diligent response to your needs, we offer complimentary grief support and guidance for our Angell clients.

Meet our Grief Counselor

Annette Scanlon, LICSW
ascanlon@angell.org
MSPCA-Angell Veterinary Social Worker (VSW)
As a licensed independent clinical social worker (LISCW), Annette provides support, counseling, and educational services to clients and staff. Among many responsibilities, she assists doctors working with clients to facilitate end-of-life decisions and to provide individual and group grief counseling associated with the loss of companion animals for clients of the MSPCA-Angell.

Links & Resources

Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery – Nevins Farm

Pet Loss & Children – Angell Animal Medical Center

Coping with the Loss of a Pet – AVMA

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