Are you caring for a beloved pet who is aging, has chronic or special needs, or is facing a life-threatening illness?
Do you feel isolated, exhausted, scared, overwhelmed?
Do you find that family, friends and co-workers don’t understand what you are going through?
Do you find that you are on a “roller-coaster” of emotions and experiences as you care for your pet?
Caring for a beloved animal who is aging, has special needs, or is facing a chronic or life-threatening illness is an honorable and challenging job. While none of us would give up caring for our furry, feathery, or scaly family members, it can be draining and difficult to manage, especially when you feel alone. As a caregiver for your pet, you may find that you are deeply grieving the changes in your animal’s health, behaviors and activities. You may also be anticipating their death and grieving what you know is coming. This is called anticipatory grief and it is a very real experience that is much different from grieving the death of your pet. Unfortunately, many people in this position are left feeling isolated, misunderstood, and lack the social support and self-care tools that they need.
If you are navigating this beautiful and painful journey, we are here for you. As social workers and pet caregivers ourselves, we have found that it is incredibly helpful and supportive to connect with others who are also on this path.
At Summit Veterinary Referral Center, we now offer an online monthly drop-in support group, specifically for Pet Caregivers. This group is here to support you through the triumphs and challenges of caregiving, without taking you away from home where you can watch over your animal friend. Starting November 12th, the group will be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 pm – 8 pm PST. Group is free, no RSVP is required, and it is facilitated through the online video conferencing medium Zoom.
For more information, please see the attached flyer:
To join the group and gain online access, please contact Rachel Wright at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will join us!
Your Group Facilitators,
Rachel Wright, MSW LSWAIC (Veterinary Social Worker)
Allison Rolfe (Veterinary Social Work Extern)