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350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7400
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Angell Animal Medical Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7282
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Angell West

293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 902-8400
For on-site assistance (check-ins and pick-ups):
(339) 970-0790
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Angell at Essex

565 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 304-4648
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Cape Cod

1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-0940
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Nevins Farm

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Northeast Animal Shelter

347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9888
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Caregiver Support

Veterinary Social Work at Angell

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 needed to ease the sorrowful experience of losing a beloved pet.  In addition to our staff’s diligent response to your needs, we offer our Angell clients complimentary grief support and guidance.

How Can the Veterinary Social Worker Help You?

The mission of the Veterinary Social Work service at Angell is to provide short-term support and community referrals to clients as they navigate the healthcare needs of their beloved pets. Most importantly, the idea is to provide the help you need as a pet owner to make the best choices regarding your pet’s care.

You don’t have to be alone. Our veterinary social worker Michelle Mezansky is available to help when:

  • you are struggling with end-of-life and/or difficult treatment choices
  • you are grieving the loss of your pet or anticipating the loss of your pet
  • stressors in your life impact your ability to care for your pet, such as illness, recent loss, or relationships
  • you are having a hard time processing information about your pet’s condition or discussions with your veterinarian
  • you feel isolated and overwhelmed by your pet’s care

Services Available

Caregiver and Bereavement Counseling
Pet owners can have a difficult time managing disenfranchised and anticipatory grief. While the human-animal bond is an essential part of many people’s lives, it can still be challenging to feel as if loved ones in your life understand what you are going through. Counseling can give you the perspective and support you need to process your pain.

Community Referrals
If you need longer-term support or help beyond the scope of Angell’s services,  Michelle can help assess your needs and guide you to appropriate community resources.

Help with navigating your pet’s care
Sometimes, receiving information about your pet’s care can be difficult and, at times, traumatic. Talking to a social worker can help process goals of care, your pet’s quality of life, decisions on euthanasia, and other important end-of-life stressors.


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Links & Resources

National Support Hotlines

Grief Group Support Groups

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