Hopmeadow Animal Hospital

235 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06089



Pet Loss Resources:

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE ... Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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Pet Loss Support Hotlines:

Tufts University 508-839-7966 (staffed by veterinary students) www.tufts.edu                                 

Cornell University 607-253-3932 (staffed by veterinary students) www.cornell.edu ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline 877-474-3310 www.aspca.org

The Association for Pet Loss & Berevement   www.aplb.org 

Animal Love & Loss Network  www.alln.org


Suggested Reading:

Life & Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children by Linda Goldman

I?ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm (children's book)

Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant (children's book)

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant (children's book)

A Final Act of Caring by Mary & Herb Montgomery

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson Allen    

We have been assisted by Inserv Corporation for over the past 25 years. They have provided us with a reliable and dignified final journey for our client's companions.

After Care Wishes 

Communal Cremation/Burial - This is the least costly option and returns your pet to the earth with other animals. This is a regulated activity, which requires an approved site and there are no markers or visiting privileges.

Individual Cremation - Your pet will be individually placed into the creamtion chamber and kept seperate form all other pets. Your pets ashes are then placed into  your choice of:       

  •  Decorative tin (standard, especially if you wish to scatter ashes)
  •  Cedar urn with engraved nameplate 
  •  Oak picture box

         We have display samples of the boxs for your viewing. The ashes are then returned to the animal hospital in about 7 days with a certificate of cremation.

Paw Print Memorial - A clay impression of your pet's paw will be made. We have a display sample for viewing & the print is returned the the animal hospital in about 7 days.

Personal Viewing -  There is a viewing room that allows pet owners who select individual cremation an option of personal viewing. Prior arrangements are necessary.

If you have any questions about the different aftercare options please give us a call at 860-658-1931 We understand that this is a difficult process and we are committed to being respectful and compassionate.