Pups are family just like anyone else

We are here to provide companion support to you and honor the memory of your pup. Think of us as a friend on the journey.

Companion grief

Our team is trained in the Companion Model by Dr. Alan Wolfelt of Center for Loss. The companion model focuses on listening rather than analyzing. Our companions will walk alongside you with your grief, rather than leading you down a solution-based path. We are compassionate dog people who have loved and lost dogs and are happy to lend an ear.

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Pet loss resources

A curated list of resources, hotlines, articles, and support group searches

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Frequently asked questions

Meet our experts

Shelby Mason

Program Coordinator

Shelby Mason is a former social worker with a background in crisis and grief. She currently directs employee engagement programming for BARK employees. In September 2018, Shelby created the training and programming for the BARK Pup Companion program which has grown to a team of 30 caring ambassadors who have made over 20,000 connections with grieving pup parents. Shelby is currently studying for her Masters of Social Work at The Ohio State University. She is hoping to gain more experience in the veterinary social work profession while growing the Pup Companion Team at BARK.

Adam Clark AASW, LCSW

Expert Partner

Our program is backed by licensed social worker and pet loss expert, Adam Clark. Adam is a published writer, educator, and Affiliate Faculty for the Institute for Human-Animal Connect at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He is the founder of Pet Loss Education Project and author of Animal Attachment, on Psychology Today, currently at a reader base of one million as of 2019. Adam focuses his work on the psychology behind the human-animal bond, specializing in endings and transitions. He is passionate about reducing the cultural stigma associated with pet loss, supporting pet owners, and educating Veterinary Professionals.

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