Honoring the Bond: Support & Resources for Pet Owners

The mission of the Honoring the Bond Program is to recognize and honor the human-animal bond by providing support and resources to animal owners. Our social workers are here to help owners of animals being treated at The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. Click here to learn more about veterinary social work.

Grief & Pet Loss

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Helping Children Cope with Illness or Death of an Animal

Do Companion Animals Grieve?

Pet Loss Support Hotlines and Online Resources

Pet Loss Suggested Reading List

Animal Remembrance & Memorial Ideas


End-of-Life, Quality-of-Life and Euthanasia Decisions

How Will I Know? Assessing Quality of Life and Making Difficult Decisions for your Pet


Animal Behavior Issues & Behavioral Euthanasia

Euthanasia for Behavioral Issues: A Complicated and Difficult Decision

Caring For and Making Choices for Animals with Behavioral Issues


Click HERE for more information on our Behavioral Medicine Service


Current Support Group Offerings for VMC Clients

Beginning in February 2024 the Honoring the Bond Program at the OSU Veterinary Medical Center will begin offering an in-person support group exclusively for clients of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Center. There will be two groups that run for 6 sessions on either the 1st or 3rd Tuesday of the month, from February to July 2024.

The goal of this support group is to allow owners of animals with behavioral needs to get together and discuss the challenges they face, find a community of people that can relate to and understand the many ways owning an animal with behavioral needs impacts day to day life, learn different coping techniques, and have a safe space to feel supported by fellow pet owners in the community.

Please contact us at cvm-osuvet.honoringthebond@osu.edu with any questions about the group. Additional support group offerings are not available at this time.

Please apply for the Behavioral Management Support Group below*:


*Please note, submitting an application does NOT guarantee you a spot in the group and is not considered an RSVP. This group is NOT a substitution for mental health services, individual or group therapy. This support group is only for those who are currently managing a pet with behavioral needs, this is NOT a grief support group.