Family Resources


Below are resources to guide you through this difficult time.

If you still have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at (713) 452-0474.

Euthanasia: When Compassion and Distress Collide

Grief Resources

Personal Counseling in Houston
Marilyn J. Ladin, LCSW Psychotherapist/ Board Certified Diplomate

Stacy Kipp, Senior Paws Human-Animal Bond Advocate/Mental Health Provider

Support Groups
Senior Paws Pet Loss Support Group
Senior Paws hosts a grief support group generally every other Wednesday at our comfort center from 6:30-8pm. This group is moderated by grief counselor Marilyn J. Ladin, who uses a variety of methods of support and learning for participants. Group meetings can be a very beneficial way to process grief. Please call us to RSVP for the next meeting or for more information at 713-452-0474. Our center is located at 3036 Antoine Dr., Houston, TX 77092.

Senior Paws Online Pet Loss Support Group
Or you can search for “Senior Paws Pet Loss Support Group” in the Facebook search bar, ask to “Join” the group (private group, requires approval by administration). This small group is comprised of pet owners who have just experienced a loss, anticipating a loss and those willing to share their experiences of loss. Peer support can help normalize feelings of loss, guilt, and grief within a supportive structure. Posts are moderated by Senior Paws and our grief counselor, Marilyn Ladin. Many families use this space to share stories of love and companionship they share or shared with their beloved pets.

Other Recommended Social Media Outlets for Pet Loss Support

Veterinary Wisdom Pet Parents
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Pet Loss Support Group
Helpful Online Resources

Pet Loss Hotlines
ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline – 877-GRIEF-10 (1-877-474-3310)
The ASPCA’s psychologist and grief counselor, Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, PhD. is available 12 pm-12 am EST.

SPCA of Texas, Dallas – 214-461-5131
All calls are returned within 24 hours.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine – 607-253-3932 6pm – 9pm, EST, Tues-Thurs.

Argus Institute at CSU Veterinary Medical Center – 970-297-1242. 9am – 5 pm MST

Books in Print*
For Children

The Goodbye Book – Todd Parr (Ages 2-5)
When a Pet Dies – Fred Rogers (Ages 4-8)
Dog Heaven – Cynthia Rylant (Ages 4-7)
Cat Heaven – Cynthia Rylant (Ages 4-7)
The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise – Adrian Raeside (Ages 8-12)
Remembering My Pet: A Kid’s Own Spiritual Remembering Workbook for When a Pet Dies – Nechama Liss-Levinson (Ages 8-12)
Maddie’s Wings: A Lesson in Love – Tamera Rickman (Ages 8-12)

For Adults

Grieving The Death of a Pet – Betty Carmack
Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet – M. Anderson
Pet Loss and Human Bereavement – W. Kay
Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love And Grief – Coleen Ellis
For Parents of Grieving Children

Talking About Death – A Dialogue Between Parent and Child – E. Grollman
When Children Grieve – J.W. James
Healing the Bereaved Child – A. Wolfelt, PhD

*All can be found on Amazon
*Expanded list of literature on pet loss and bereavement:

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

— Unknown

Compassionate senior and geriatric care for your beloved companions.

Personalized veterinary care and support in the comfort of your own home.



3036 Antoine Dr.
Houston, TX 77092

Office Hours

7 Days a Week: 7am – 6pm

Phone Availability

7 Days a Week: 7am – 6pm


7 Days a Week: 8am – 6pm

Cancellation Policy

Euthanasia, Quality of LIfe, Hospice, Pain Management, DPT: Our cancellation policy applies to all cancellations/reschedules with 6 hours or less notice before the early aspect of your appointment time.

  • If you cancel between 2 and 6 hours prior to your appointment, a $100 cancellation fee will be incurred.
  • If you cancel within 2 hours of your scheduled appointment time, the cancellation fee is the cost of your full appointment.

If the pet passes naturally, no cancellation fee will apply.

All other appointment types: If you cancel within 6 hours of your appointment start time, a cancellation fee of your appointment cost (maximum $100) will be incurred.

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