Are you . . .
the illness or death
of a dear animal,
struggling with overwhelming
concerned or embarrassed by
the intensity of your response?
any of the above are true for you, know that there is nothing wrong or extraordinary about your emotions; in fact, they are
normal, natural and necessary. Oftentimes, our society, health professionals, even families and friends are
ill-prepared to support us in the full
expression of our grief. Sadly, this is especially
common when the object of our loss is an animal.
Sophie's Gift offers grief counseling and bereavement services to
adults and children in need of additional support when experiencing the illness or loss of an animal friend.
Click here for Sophie's Poem
Gerber Animal Law Center
After 12 years as a corporate lawyer,
Calley Gerber gave up that job to start a practice dedicated to animals and animal law. She addresses cruelty issues, as well
as what happens to pets when they are abandoned, involved in divorce custody disputes or left behind after an owner dies.
Fetch! Pet Care
Kelly Strowd, owner of Fetch! Pet Care, is now living her
dream after years of planning for it while working as a detective with the Carrboro, NC Police Department. Her pet care/pet
sitting service covers northern Wake County, Raleigh, Cary and Apex. From cats and dogs to ferrets and spiders, you can
count on Kelly and her professional team to provide quality care for your pets.
Animal communicator Barb Borkowski
is a great help to me and to my little cat, Ginger, who has been struggling with a chronic illness since December, 2009. I
have the utmost respect for Barb's abilities and am humbled by her gifts. She is deeply connected spiritually, which shows
in her work
and is a great comfort to me.
Tera Thomas/Hummingbird Farm
Of inestimable help to me during Sophie's
illness was animal communicator Tera Thomas. It is with enthusiasm and gratitude that I recommend Tera to anyone needing to
navigate the often turbulent waters of an animal friend's illness. Tera founded and runs Hummingbird Farm near Pittsboro,
NC, "a 49-acre learning center and inspirational sanctuary where animals, humans, and the earth work in partnership. ...dedicated
to deepening the understanding, respect, communication, and relationship between all living beings and the natural world around
Debbie McGillivray is another wonderful animal
communicator that has been of great help to me, both during the time of Sophie's illness and after her death. Not all animal
communicators work with the animal after its passing if they have not also worked with it while it was alive. Debbie's ability
to do this helps set her apart in the growing realm of animal communication.
End of Life, Adoption, and Animal Healing
Faithful Friends Pet Cremation
Located in Raleigh, NC, Faithful Friends
is a compassionate company offering cremation services, as well as memorials, urns and other products to comfort and companion
you after the loss of your animal. They are on call 24 hours a day.
AniMall Pet Adoption and Outreach
AniMall is a locally-run, independent non-profit
organization in Research Triangle Park. Owners Dan and Talena offer local rescue groups & shelters a place to showcase
their adoptable animals inside a public mall to increase adoption chances.
I'm appreciative of holistic practitioner
Susan King. She's been helpful both to Ginger and to me. In her practice, Companion Chi, Susan's healing sessions are
tailored to meet the needs of your animal companions. Services include Massage, Reiki, Healing Touch for AnimalsŪ (HTA), Emotional
Freedom Technique (EFT), and Quantum Healing. Flower Essences are also used when needed.
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