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Pet Memorial: Celebrating the Animals We Have Loved

Annual Pet Memorial

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019

For the past nine years, the Argus Institute at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital has hosted an annual Pet Memorial ceremony for clients of the hospital who have lost a beloved companion animal.

In 2018, more than 100 individuals came together for the annual Pet Memorial to celebrate the animals who have touched their hearts and shaped their lives. Gail Bishop, clinical coordinator for Argus, served as the celebrant for the event.

All who attended were encouraged to bring mementos of their pets to display during the ceremony and submit photos for a memorial slideshow.

Read More: Life Lessons from our Pets


 2019 Pet Memorial Video

Pet Memorial

Testimonials from Past Attendees

“The slide show is my favorite part of the memorial. It is amazing to see all of the pets that people have loved, and so comforting to know that we are all missing them and at the same time laughing and smiling at our sweet memories together.”

“The pet memorial was so heart-warming. It was helpful for healing and meant so much! I can't say enough about it. I loved the music, speakers, poems and the card with memory touch stone. Thank you so much for offering this.”

“Yesterday we attended the Pet Memorial and we want to give our thanks to everyone involved. Everything, from the invitation to the lovely catered luncheon after, spoke a true intention to help those who have lost their pets. The welcome, comfortable setting, memorial display tables, flowers, printed programs, and the program itself were wonderful, healing gestures that meant so much. Somehow, all that attention to detail let us know that our sorrows are real, and that someone understands. Thank you so much for a job not just well done, but elegantly done.”


The Argus Institute could not host the Pet Memorial event without the generous support of the following sponsors: Flint Animal Cancer Center, CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, CSU Pet Hospice, Precious Pals Cemetery at Rest Haven, Fiona’s Delicatessen, Guardian Pet Aquamation, Home to Heaven, Precious Memories, Rainbow Bridge, and World By the Tail, Inc.

Girl kissing yellow lab


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

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