Tufts University Veterinary Medicine students offer hotline for grieving pet owners

For the last 25 years the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has been offering a free service for anyone in the country that many have never heard of.

A hotline for grieving pet owners.

“People sometimes are really at a loss to even function not going to work they’re tearful all the time and they’re reaching out for help,” Eric Richman a Clinical Social Worker at Tufts University said.

The hotline is run by students who make it clear they are not trained therapists or counselors.

But are looking to practice their communication skills and learn about the empathy it takes to be a vet, like fourth year student Meghan Hanlon.

“I’ve taken calls from people and had people that I’ve talked to multiple times,” Hanlon said.

While the majority of the calls are for dogs and cats, the students hear about all types of animals and those calls have doubled since the pandemic.

The pet loss support hotline is 508-839-7966 and is usually operating during the school year Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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