MU Vet School Hosts Memorial for Pet Owners

Posted: Apr 26, 2013 3:36 AM by Associated Press

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COLUMBIA - Grieving pet owners can honor their deceased furry friends Saturday at an annual companion memorial sponsored by the University of Missouri's veterinary school.

The one-hour event begins at 1 p.m. at the Grand Cru restaurant, 2600 South Providence Road. The ceremony is designed as part of an expanded grief support program at the university's Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital.

Experts at the university's Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction say pet owners can experience intense grief not unlike what is felt when a human family member dies.

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