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Pet Loss Support

Dear Friend,

If you are visiting this webpage chances are you or someone you care about has either lost or is preparing to lose a very dear and special companion. Animal companions are true gifts to those who open their hearts and welcome them in. To feel the unconditional love and admiration that animals are so capable of giving is an honor and a privilege. If you have loved and have been loved by an animal, you have been part of a very special and unique relationship that goes beyond explanation.

All of us at the University of Florida’s Animal Hospitals recognize, respect, and support the human-animal bond. We hope that after reading the material in this website you will understand that it is natural to grieve the loss of a beloved animal friend and that you are not alone in your grief.

If you have questions about your grieving process or would like to talk with a counselor about what you are experiencing, there are resources available for you.

Dr. Ron Del Moro, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, is the Client Support Counselor for the University of Florida’s Veterinary Hospitals. He is available regular business hours Monday through Friday and can be reached via email at or at 352.294.4490 for any questions, concerns and/or to set up an appointment. These services are free of charge for clients of the hospital. If you would like to talk with someone outside regular business hours please call the Alachua County Crisis Center’s support line at 352.264.6789.

Dr. Del Moro also runs a pet loss support group that is open to clients of the UF Veterinary Hospital. The group meets Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at the Small Animal Hospital, is free of charge, and is available for those grieving the loss of a pet or those anticipating such a loss. For more information about the support group, please contact Laurel Nesbit at or 904.800.8409.