About Us

We dedicate this website to the memory of our two beloved “fur-kids”, Jake (a 15-year-old Siberian Husky) and Mazel Tov (a 17-year-old Siamese cat). It was healing from their loss that caused us to want to give back and help others along the same journey.

Please know that healing is possible by taking baby steps through this grief – and most of all know that you don’t have to go through it alone. We are here to support you.

PetLoss Partners History

Ellie Freedman and Sandra Grossman met through their work in pet loss. Their common love of animals and understanding of the human/animal bond led them to form “PetLoss Partners”. PetLoss Partners was created to provide support and education for both grieving pet parents and Veterinary/Animal Care professionals.

Ellie Freedman

Ellie Freedman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Pet Loss Specialist. After spending many years supporting clients, Elle has retired and now enjoys spending her time with her husband Howard and their senior rescue dog Shayna.

Ellie acst as a PetLoss Partners consultant and will always be a valuable part of the PetLoss Partners family.

Sandra Grossman

Co-Founder/Pet Loss Specialist/Compassion Fatigue Educator/Instructor

Sandra Grossman’s connection with animals comes from growing up surrounded by pets and getting to learn the lessons they shared with her. She has her Ph.D in Organizational Psychology and spent 20 years working in the business sector. It was the loss of her Siamese cat “Mazel Tov” to lymphoma and her own need to heal that caused her to change career directions and enter the field of Pet Loss Support.

Sandra is certified as a Pet Loss Specialist and Compassion Fatigue Educator. Her passion is supporting pet parents who are anticipating/have gone through the loss of a beloved pet. Sandra offers pet loss support groups as well as individual sessions in person (for those in the New Jersey area) and telephone/Skype sessions for clients throughout the country.

Sandra’s other passion is supporting veterinary/animal care professionals struggling with the effects of compassion fatigue and working with many practices in helping them create a “Compassionate Practice” © within their hospitals.
She also offers workshops on areas including pet loss in the veterinary practice, Compassion Fatigue/Self-Care, Communication, Teamwork, and Conflict Resolution.

Sandra offers individual support either in person (for those in New Jersey) and telephone/Skype sessions for veterinary/animal care professionals throughout the country.
Sandra is the author of the “End-of-Life/Pet Loss Study” and often speaks at conferences sharing the findings of the study.

Sandra recently switched coasts from California to New Jersey where she lives with her two special needs rescue cats Jeter and Faith Contact Sandra at
(818) 421-1516

Ruth Rudderow

Instructor/Pet Loss Specialist

Ruth Rudderow has always had a passion for helping people. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the Pennsylvania State University. While volunteering at a local animal shelter, she frequently encountered patrons who had lost a beloved pet. In order to help them, she completed two Pet Loss Specialist certifications. In 2019, Ruth earned her Death Studies Certificate from the Center for Loss and Life Transition. She is also a Compassion Fatigue Educator and in 2020, obtained an End of Life Doula certification which she will use to help pet parents as they face the end of their pet’s life.

In addition to providing pet loss counseling, she conducts education workshops on pet loss and compassion fatigue for veterinary practices and other organizations. She also is part owner of “My Furever” which offers pet love and pet loss items through an on-line platform.

Ruth lives in south central Pennsylvania with her husband, Bruce, two cats and a bird.

Contact Ruth at


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