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CUHA Observes National Pet Memorial Day and Month in September

 Cornell University Hospital for Animals observes National Pet Memorial Month throughout September and National Pet Memorial Day on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The objectives are to appreciate the strong bond between animals and owners, educate people about the grief process that occurs when a beloved pet dies and increase awareness of the many options available to memorialize pets who have passed away. 


Ways to Remember Your Pet

  • Spend a few minutes reflecting upon pleasant memories of your pet 
  • Contribute to an animal protection group 
  • Volunteer at an animal protection group 
  • Create a small memorial in a flower garden in your yard 
  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial 
  • Think about your late pet. Look at old photos. Talk about your pet with others who were familiar with it. Reflect on all the great memories you made with your pet. If you lost your pet unexpectedly, try to keep your thoughts positive.
  • Visit your pet's burial site. Make a tribute to your pet by decorating its burial site with something it may have enjoyed in life. Talk to your pet while at the burial site.
  • Create a small memorial in your pet's honor. Plant trees, shrubs and flowers to memorialize your pet. These things can remind you of your pet long after National Pet Memorial Day has passed.
  • Donate money or time to a charity or organization in honor of your late pet. Choose an organization or charity based on your animal's breed or a particular cause that is close to your heart. Animal shelters, rescue groups and humane societies all appreciate volunteers.
  • Send sympathy cards to former pet owners. National Pet Memorial Day does not have to be a solitary affair. Include everyone who has lost a pet in your observance of National Pet Memorial Day.


Some resources on pet loss, bereavement, and memorials
Cornell’s Pet Loss Support Hotline
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Hoofbeats In Heaven – Horse loss support

*For more information contact Client Service Coordinator Sarah Bassman or 607-253-3641

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