Getting A New Pet After Loss

  • on June 7, 2022

Getting A New Pet After Loss

Considering a new pet after losing your friend and companion brings an intense mixture of emotions and often remains a see-saw, rather than making a comfortable decision.

We knew when we welcomed a pet into our life, their lifespan would not be as long as ours, but we entered into it whole-heartedly, cherishing every moment. Despite this, returning to life without them is a lonelier place and our sense of loss may never go away.

Readiness to find a new pet is individual. Some prefer to liven their home with a new pet, while others take longer to feel ready to open their home and hearts to another companion.

Some gentle advice for you to consider:

  • Separate from the idea your lost love could ever be replaced or it would be disloyal. We are often lucky to love many pets during many phases of our lives. None can be replaced; they each bring a unique connection.
  • Avoid feeling pressured into the decision by others or your own expectations, take your time to prepare.
  • Consider the feelings of all family members in the entire process. Support those who may be hesitant or struggling, and be patient. The more support they receive, the better they’ll feel.
  • This includes your other pets who have just lost their companion. Consider how they may or may not adapt – are they ready, prepared or welcoming of new animals.
  • Be prepared for emotions to be triggered when you meet or bring your new pet home and be compassionate with yourself. It doesn’t mean you’ve made the wrong decision, take time to adjust.
  • As with people, each animal has unique likes, dislikes, traits and responds to environments and situations differently. Be open to welcoming the new, which may feel different when you have been used to one personality for a long time.
  • As we welcome pets with individual connections and personalities into our lives, honour them with their own name to suit their character, rather than repeating names of past pets.

If you need support, do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team by contacting

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