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Argus Institute Counseling and Support Services

The Argus Institute provides free grief counseling relating to pet loss and support to those making end-of-life decisions for their pets. Founded in 1984, our unique program is one of the longest standing, most comprehensive programs of its kind. Our clinical counselors offer support to people who are facing difficult decisions regarding their pets’ health and help them manage the challenges of caring for a sick animal.

How can we help you?

Integrated into your animal's medical team, we play many roles, including:
Advocate for you and your pet's needs
  • Fostering the partnership with you and your veterinary care team
  • Facilitating decision-making
  • Providing updates during surgery and high-risk procedures
  • Navigating financial situations
  • Assisting during crises
Support for individuals and families
  • Quality-of-life assessment
  • Euthanasia decision-making
  • Support during euthanasia
  • Parent-child discussions
  • Grief counseling

The Argus Mission

Honoring the human-animal bond by providing compassionate support and advocacy for people who care for anima​ls.

We do this by:
  • Offering support to people who are facing challenges surrounding their pet's healthcare
  • Teaching compassionate communication to veterinary professionals
  • Providing community outreach through the student-run Pet Hospice Program.
pet hospice

In honor of National Pet Memorial Day, we celebrated those animals who have touched our hearts and shaped our lives. View the video of our Eighth Annual Pet Memorial Service here.​

Path of Honor

​Contributing a brick to the P​ath of Honor creates a permanent legacy commemorating the meaningful relationship you've shared with a companion animal or special person. In addition, your donation helps support the Argus Institute. If you'd like to honor someone special, consider a brick in the Path of Honor. Brick orders received Jan.1 through June 30 each year will are placed in the Path of Honor in the fall, while those received July 1 through Dec. 31 are placed in early spring of the following year.​

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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

​(970) 297-1242

(970) 297-1205

If you are at the CSU VTH:
Ask for your medical team to introduce us or have a receptionist page us.
If you are outside of the CSU VTH:
Call our clinic line at: (970) 297-1242