From grieving pet owner to supportive volunteer
When Marion’s beloved dog Oliver died she needed someone to turn to.
She says: “He was my world. I’d had a lot of bereavements in my life but nothing touched me like this did.
“I contacted the Pet Bereavement Support Service and they gave me support by email for around a year. I can’t stress how wonderful it was – I knew somebody was there for me and it was incredible to have that, because pet bereavement is something that isn’t often understood."
The help that Marion received from the Pet Bereavement Support Service inspired her to become a volunteer herself and, after training, she started in January 2008.
Marion responds to many different calls on the support line including calls from pet owners who are facing difficult times financially. She says: “With the current economic climate some people cant afford to keep their pet any more. We are here to listen and help to work though it.”
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