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Study on missing pets

  1. Ashley Brumett

    Hello, all! What a terrific site. I am running a study on missing pets (aka ambiguous pet loss).

    My name is Ash Brumett and I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA working under Wendy Packman, Ph.D., JD. I would like to invite you to participate in my dissertation research study on missing pets. There is no compensation for your participation, but this study will help researchers and therapists better understand what it is like, as a pet owner, to have a pet go missing and the complexity of this kind of loss.

    To date, very little is known about the emotional toll of a pet’s disappearance. Your experience matters.

    To be eligible, you:


    • must have had a pet go missing (at any point in your lifetime) and the pet has never been found
    • are 18 years of age or older
    • currently live in the United States
    • are fluent in English
    • have access to a stable internet connection
    • are willing to allow 45-60 minutes for completion of survey


    You may access the survey here:


    If you have any friends or family with missing pets who might be interested in participating, please let them know about this research project.

    My best to you,

    Ash Brumett

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