Pet Bereavement and Pet Support

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Our furry friends are like family. There is support available from national charities for anyone who may be experiencing pet loss or bereavement and may want to talk to someone about it. There is also practical support for older people who require help to look after their pet.

For more info on Pet Loss support from Blue Cross:

Click on the logo to visit the organisation’s website.

Practical Support

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The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets.

Their volunteers may be able to support with:

  • practical help when any aspect of day-to-day care poses a problem – for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner
  • national fostering service for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital
  • help to find pet-friendly care home. Click here.
  • long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets.

Call The Cinnamon Trust on 01736 757 900.

The Cinnamon Trust is often looking for volunteers.


Bereavement or Pet Loss Support:

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Blue Cross for Pets can support with pet bereavement or pet loss. If you are grieving for a pet, or facing loss, their free and confidential Pet Bereavement Support Service (PBSS) is here for you by phone, email or webchat.

Call on 0800 096 6606.  Between 8.30am and 8.30pm every day. Due to the nature of the helpline and to keep your call confidential, they are unable to call you and cannot see your phone number if you call them.

Their webchat service is staffed by trained Pet Bereavement Support Service volunteers from 8.30am to 8.30pm, every day. Follow the link on their website by clicking here. 


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Paws to Listen grief support service – If you’re experiencing pet-related grief you can call to speak to a trained volunteer on this free and confidential phone line: 0800 024 94 94 . Open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday – excluding Bank Holidays. If lines are busy, a call-back service is available.


Rehoming or giving up your pet:

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The Dogs Trust provide a range of advice and practical support to care for your dog.

They also have non-judgmental advice and support if you make the difficult decision to give up your dog.

You can call them on 0300 303 2188 or contact them online by clicking here.


As well as advice and information about pet care, Wood Green can also support if you need to rehome or give up pets, and can have them rehomed at their centre in Godmanchester.  Call on 0300 303 9333.  Available 7 days a week from 8am until 4pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For more info click here. 

Support is free, however you may be charged for phone calls by your phone provider.

Check with each organisation for costs of contacting their helplines by mobile.


If you need to report cruelty or an animal in distress please visit the RSPCA website.

How to contact

Where to go

Available throughout East Cambridgeshire District

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