The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Pet Bereavement Counselors: Washington Show locations

Olympia (Lacey)

Ann R. Howie, MSW

Lacey, Washington 98503
(360) 493-2586
Human-Animal Solutions

I use a supportive style to help people find their own path through their grief. I have worked as a counselor since 1987, have provided pet loss support groups since 1989, and have worked in hospice and bereavement for over 10 years. My master’s degree is in clinical social work (counseling), and I have both state (LICSW) and national credentials (ACSW) as a counselor. I have enjoyed animals in my life since birth, and as a child I perplexed my parents by developing funerals and burial plots for all my pets who died.


Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC, CDP

(206) 925-3546
Paws to Connect Counseling, LLC

I am a masters level grief therapist, veterinary social worker, and licensed independent clinical social worker associate and animal assisted therapy professional. I provide a strengths based perspective and personalized approach which is supportive and integrative. I have experienced the loss of my own beloved animals and can relate to the profound grief and personal growth which can take place for one after the death of a pet.


Mimi Handlin, MSW, Certified Life Coach, Certified Pet Loss Counselor

I offer compassion, understanding, and coping strategies to those grieving the death of a beloved animal. I offer counseling by phone so people can feel comfortable in their own homes and access support, regardless of where they live. My pets have been cherished family members and I can relate to the intense pain and the range of emotions that can follow their death. Please see my website to learn more.