Pet Loss Support Groups

64286791_ff2bc5e6fd_o (1)Are you coping with the loss of a pet? Saying goodbye is never easy. Many people suffer when they lose a pet and find it hard to move forward alone in the grieving process. The Ottawa Humane Society has partnered with Bereavement Support & Education – Ottawa to offer on-going grief counselling to our community.

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, group meetings will be held virtually each month and are facilitated by a certified grief educator

Grief educators provide information on a variety of subjects related to pet loss through guest lectures and informal discussions, working alongside participants to provide compassionate support and in-depth coping strategies for anyone dealing with the loss of a pet.

This program is available to the public free of charge, donations to the OHS are welcome. Participants are not required to bring anything, but may wish to share photos of their pet and other memorial items.

It is important to register for this virtual meeting to allow us to send you the meeting information in advance of the session.

You can sign up by contacting our supervisor: programs via email at or call 613-725-3166, ext. 298.

Participants must be over the age of 16.

Meetings will run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2021 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information about other Pet Loss Support Group locations, please visit

We have come to the difficult decision to cancel all on-site 2020 summer programming at the OHS. This decision was not made lightly and takes into consideration the safety of OHS staff, volunteers, animals and clients – all a part of our community. We feel that it is important to continue operating by making our essential services a priority,  including, care for animals in distress, fostering, adoptions by appointment, and a number of new community initiatives to support pet owners in need, such as our emergency pet foodbank. By cancelling on-site programming, we are able to significantly reduce the number of people visiting the shelter, in line with Ottawa Public Health’s current physical distancing recommendations.