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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

​News and Announcements

argus wreath making party

​Join us for a unique way to remember the animals you've loved! The 4th Annual Argus Memorial Wreath-Making Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-4 p.m. at the VTH. Supplies are provided, ​but bring your pet's pictures and special items to personalize your wreath. Space is limited, so RSVP early at (970) 297-4143. A suggested donation of $15 is appreciated.​​

pet hospice

​When the goal of a pet’s medical treatment shifts from pursuing a cure to providing comfort, pet owners may consider caring for a companion animal at home – with help from a pet hospice program. Hospice care is for pets that have three months or less to live. It emphasizes pain management and end-of-life care in the comfort of home.

Brown and black dog at the CSU VTH Animal Cancer Center

We love our animals and, for many of us, our pets are part of our families. When our pets become ill or are aging, we are often faced with one of the most difficult decisions—an end-of-life decision. Defining quality of life for you and for them is imperative in making this decision. This webinar is designed to empower you in making the right decision for your pet and for your family.