Clinical Counselling Resources

OVC Clinical Counsellor Contact Information

Bojena Kelmendi, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Office:  Room 1155 (Animal Cancer Centre)
OVC HSC, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Phone: (226) 924-5764
Fax: (519) 837-8428

OVC Pet Loss Support Hotline

Phone: 519-824-4120, ext. 53694

Support Group

Pet Loss Support Group of OVC

Monthly meetings take place on the third Tuesday of every month.  Individuals who have lost their beloved animal companion come and share their stories, losses, feelings of grief and coping strategies in a safe, understanding, non-judgemental and confidential environment.  Some people benefit just by listening to others and realizing that they are not alone and there are people who can truly understand the pain they are going through.  Some people benefit by sharing their stories, listening to others and learning about different coping strategies. 

Although this is a group for animal companion owners to support one another, our Clinical counsellor is available to answer questions, facilitate and provide suggestions, information and resources. 

Winter meetings:

January 26, February 23 and March 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: Free of charge
Place: Animal Cancer Centre, Client Lounge adjacent to the waiting area

Books for Adults 

Church, J.A. Joy in a Woolly Coat: Living with, Loving and Letting go of Treasured Animal Friends. H.J.Kramer Inc., 1987

Montgomery, M. and H. Montgomery. A Final Act of Caring: Ending the Life of Animal Friend. Montgomery Press, 1993

Nieberg, H.A. and A. Fischer. Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children. Harper and Row, 1982

Quackenbush, J. and D. Graveline. When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope With Your Feelings. Simon and Schuster, 1985

Wallace Sife, The Loss of a Pet. Howell Book House, New York, 1998.

Books for Children (and Parents) 

Morehead, D. A Special Place for Charlee: A Child's Companion Through Pet Loss. Partners in Publishing, 1996

Rogers F. When a Pet Dies. Putnam Publishing Group, 1988.

Sibbit, S. Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone? B. Libby Press, 1991.

Sugar A. When Friendship Lives Beyond the Stars. Positive Resources 2004.

Wilhelm, H. I'll Always Love You. Crown Publishing Group, 1985.

Pet Loss Support Sites

Rainbow Bridge

Create an Online Memorial for Your Pet