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Losing a pet is a heartbreaking experience. Attend a support group at Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) as part of grief counseling to deal with your loss.

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) Companion Animal Loss Support Group

Anyone who has experienced a loss or anticipates such a loss is invited to attend the HSSV Companion Animal Loss Support Group. The group helps grieving pet owners heal the pain by working through their feelings of loss, anger, and depression. The meetings are held at the shelter on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.. You may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief even after your own needs are met.

This service is provided at no fee for our community, however, we welcome donations to help provide necessary services for our animal guests here at the shelter.

Vicki Traylor is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has had a private practice in Redwood City, California for 20 years. In that time she has worked with a wide variety of people regarding many different issues – abuse survivors, grief, infertility, and adoption, eating disorders, and relationship and spiritual issues, in individual, group, and family settings. She has a practical and empathetic approach to problems, and a deep belief in the power of communication, expression, and mindfulness as tools to healing. Her focus is on helping each client find tools and supports that work for them – no one approach works for all people, and Vicki draws on several methods and techniques to move people along their path.

She has two dogs, chow-shepherd-mix brothers, who make sure she gets her quota of exercise and joy every day.

Meetings: First Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Humane Society Silicon Valley
Facilitator: Vicki Traylor
Phone: 650-771-2707
Contact at shelter: Kristen Jahnke 408-262-2133 x120 or

More Resources

Below are some options for people seeking help with the loss of a beloved pet. If there is a support group that you know of that is not listed here, please email the information to us at so that we may add it to our list. We would like to see this listing grow.

Peninsula Humane Society
650-340-7022 x344
1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA
2nd Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. in lobby

Santa Cruz SPCA 
2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

San Francisco SPCA 
243 Alabama St. San Francisco, CA
1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m.