Portland, OR. Area pet owners gathered for a special memorial service and candle lighting ceremony to honor beloved animal companions at the Service of Remembrance. The free annual event, hosted by the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Dignified Pet Services, pays tribute to the connection community members share with companion animals. The service was held on December 6th at The Old Church on SW 11th Ave., in Portland.

“The holidays can be an emotional time for families who have experienced the loss of a pet – regardless of when that loss occurred,” said Enid Traisman, DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program director and certified grief counselor. “It’s our hope that this event provides attendees with a sense of comfort and reminds us all that the human-animal bond is truly remarkable.”

Community members heard inspirational stories from Traisman and pet owner Mark Harwood. They lit candles to honor pets, and listened to a musical performance by Ian McDonald and Brick and Mindy Street. Therapy dogs from the DoveLewis Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams were also on hand to provide comfort.

DoveLewis Mission:

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, in association with the regional veterinary community, provides 24-hour emergency and critical care, education and community outreach. Our highly-skilled professionals are dedicated to:

-Improving the condition of animals needing emergency and critical care. 

-Strengthening the ties with, and extending the reach of, the veterinary community. 

-Promoting the well-being of animals and the human-animal bond throughout the community.