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Pet Loss Support Program – Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Pet Loss Support Program

One-On-One 20 minute phone sessions will be available with our grief counselors from 9AM-11AM on the following dates:

November 6th

November 20th

If interested, please email jjanowiak@sdpets.org to inquire about available time-slots.

Please note: We are unable to schedule day-of phone sessions at this time.  All inquiries must be received by 11 AM on the Friday prior to the date you are interested in.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 888-724-7240 (24-hour Access and Crisis Line).

In the meantime, please see list below for immediate support.


Losing a pet can often bring unbearable sadness and grief and we understand these feelings can be overwhelming.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) has created the Pet Loss Support Program (PLSP) to help you through this difficult time.

Our support groups provide a safe space to share feelings of loss and the variety of emotions that are experienced during times of grief.

RCHS offers meetings twice a month with a weekday and weekend day option, facilitated by a team of grief counselors.

This support group may be appropriate for you if you:

  • Have recently lost a pet.
  • Have a pet suffering from a major illness.
  • Are in the process of saying goodbye to your pet.
  • Need someone to talk to or listen to others share their own stories about losing a pet.
  • Want to learn how to explain your loss to young children.

Due to COVID-19, these meetings are temporarily canceled. Please refer to the 20-minute phone session options above. 


Alana Evans received her Master of Science in Social Work from University of Texas at Austin and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. She has an Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Work Certification and is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Alana brings over 15 years of experience to her work as the Director of Bereavement Services at Hospice By the Sea and as a Grief Counselor at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, as well as a Guest Instructor at the Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at CSU San Marcos. The unparalleled bond of unconditional love and companionship we share with our pets can result in devastating heartache, isolation, and pain when we lose them. It is an honor to accompany in navigating through this loss to find healing.


Arlana L. Scola, MATS

Arlana received her Master of Arts in Theology from Bethel Seminary.  She has 15 years of experience as a hospice chaplain and grief counselor.

Arlana is also the founder of a nonprofit that worked with youth and horses for many years and this offered another opportunity for loss support as she journeyed alongside those young and old that experienced the loss of a beloved animal.

Arlana has a passion for supporting others through the difficulties of loss, grief, and bereavement.

When PLSP resumes:

Whether you would like to talk and share your feelings or you just need the support of others, PLSP is here to help guide you through this emotionally difficult time with references, resources and techniques specially designed to address pet loss.

No fee to attend, donations appreciated.

Registration Required. Please visit Events page for upcoming dates.