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New!!!  Online Meetings!

What happens at a Pet Loss Meeting?

Our meetings are informal and give you a chance to get together with people who are dealing with the same things as you. They are facilitated by a member of the PLSG who is there to help and answer any questions. The meetings usually last about one and a half hours. 

Who are we?

Our past group facilitator since 2000 was Dr. Lianna Titcombe, a local veterinarian who specializes in end-of-life home care for pets.  You can read more about Dr. Titcombe here.  

Our current group facilitator is Donna Dempsie, a veterinary technician who has been a volunteer with us since 2000.  Donna has extensive experience with pet loss and grief, and spent 16 years working in an Oncology department at a local veterinary hospital.

Our volunteers and guest speakers come from varied backgrounds related to pet and human health; veterinarians and veterinary staff, people with social work and psychology backgrounds, as well as fellow pet owners who have dealt with the loss of their pets. We are all here for the same reason and all on a volunteer basis.


When and Where are the meetings?

Our Ottawa Pet Loss chapter meeting is held virtually, on the second Wednesday of every month using the Zoom platform.  We start at 7:30 pm, and finish at 9:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome, and our meetings are free of charge.  

A second monthly meeting is now also held by our partners at Ottawa Humane Society.  For information and dates on the meetings hosted by the Ottawa Humane Society, please check their website at:

We do require pre-registration for all Zoom meetings for security reasons, so please email us at, and we will send you the registration link.  

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