Saint James Animal Hospital

538 North Country Road
Saint James, NY 11780


Pet Bereavement  

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 m
ade whole and strong again, 
just as we remember them in our dreams of d
ays 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...

Jake-hospital mascot

We understand that losing a pet can be a very sad and stressful time.  We are here to help make this time of mourning as easy as possible.  If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to call.  Below are a list of Pet Bereavement groups & Pet Memorial Facilities who can help with arrangements during this sad time.

Paw To Heart Monthly support groups in a safe and non-threatening atmosphere, free of charge to the community since 1992. Meetings are held at The Long Island Veterinary Specialists Center,, 163 South Service Road, Plainview, NY, at 8 PM in *The Conference Room. Groups are open to anyone dealing with the loss of an animal companion through death or separation. They also address euthanasia, terminal illness and quality of life issues, and universal grief. Groups are 'supportive' in nature and not to be confused with 'traditional therapy.' We ask that all prospective members call prior to attending. Telephone and E-mail counseling is available in the interim. Phone: 516-785-6416 Email:

Animal Love and Loss Network is a group who works with an open dialogue and free exchange of ideas by a network of caring individuals, dedicated to helping themselves and others better understand and move through the pain of loss and grief.

Animal Medical Center  In 1981, The Animal Medical Center sponsored the nation's first conference on pet loss, sparking programs around the world and the founding of the Carola Warburg Rothschild Society for the Human-Animal Bond.  Phone: (212) 838-8100 

Regency Forest Pet Memorial Park  In your time of sorrow, may it comfort you to know, that on your heart remains an eternal paw print - and on your pet's is a hand print of love.  Please visit the link for photo's and information about their services.  Phone: 631-345-0600 Email:  Fax: 631-345-2859

Bide-A-Wee Memorial Parks Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one understands how difficult the grieving process can be.  The emotional pain and trauma may be just as deep for a person who loses the companionship and love of a pet.  Since 1915, thousands of people have found comfort and support through Bide-A-Wee's pet memorial parks.  For more information call Phone: (631) 325-0219 or visit link above for website. 

Pet Crematory 30 years of service to veterinary practices throughout the New York Tri-State Area.  Family owned and operated, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please call, Phone: 1-866-717-PETS.  Or use link above to visit website for more information.

Rainbow Bridge Rainbow Bridge is a virtual memorial home for your departed baby.  Whether furry, feathered or scaled, all are welcome.  You can create a Rainbow Residency which you care for as the Guardian of your babies memory.  Please visit link for more information.

Long Island Pet Loss Support Services Janet Zimmerman is a social worker offering a 3-session program to help people cope with the loss of their beloved pets. She teaches techniques that help people travel this painful journey and strengthen their ability to survive it.  For more information please contact Janet Zimmerman, LCSW-R at (631) 643-6205.