4 Animal Family Members

4 Animal Family Members, Inc. is a movement that facilitates positive shifts in the perceptions, behaviors, and commitments of human beings toward animals, elevating the value of these impactful relationships while increasing the shared experiences of compassion, love, respect, protection and advocacy.

4 Animal Family Members

4 Animal Family Members, Inc. is a movement that facilitates positive shifts in the perceptions, behaviors, and commitments of human beings toward animals, elevating the value of these impactful relationships while increasing the shared experiences of compassion, love, respect, protection and advocacy.

Our Work

4 Animal Family Members, Inc. is a movement that supports our Vision and Mission through:

  • Fostering, supporting and strengthening strong relationships between animals and human beings.
  • Providing education, exposure and experiences to humans to increase their awareness about the care of animal beings.
  • Connecting caring and proactive humans with others that value and share love for animals.
  • Providing services to animals that need a nurturing and healing environment, medical and emotional care along with loving, committed adoptive families.

This is achieved through three interconnected efforts: 

“Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” provides support, coaching and a well-connected community for people who have lost an animal family member. 

Paws and Whiskers connects you to stories, articles, surveys and more about the animals you love.  

The Gathering Place is a unique sanctuary dedicated to providing animal beings with healing and restorative safe spaces, loving attention, committed adoptive matches and (for those who lack an alternative) compassionate palliative care. The Gathering Place is set to open in 2025.

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Our Vision

A world filled with human beings that view animals as vital members of their family; advocating on their behalf and providing them with love, kindness, safety, respect and compassion.

Our Mission

We strengthen the bonds between humans and animals through exposure, education, awareness and experiences. We are champions and advocates for animal beings.

Million Dog Family Members

Million Cat Family Members

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All Households have Dog Family Members

*According to current survey information in the U.S.

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Share Your Animal Family Member’s Story

We are interested in reading the story of your animal family member and their life with you. Everyone has a story- we would love to read yours. If you are interested, send us your story (with pictures). We also request your permission to share it.

Become a “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” Coach

The world needs our coaches to support and guide those who have lost their animal family members. Join the “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” coaching community!
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Join the “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” Facebook Community

There is a special community of caring, wonderful people who are on a journey of loss unique to them.

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Sign up for Content You Love

Paws and Whiskers is your source for articles and other information that provide trusted advice, insights, stories and recommendations about all types of animal family members.

Contribute to The Gathering Place

Your generous donation will support the creation and sustainment of The Gathering Place. Together, we can change the world into a place that views animals as vital members of the family.

Buy the “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” Workbook

Are you or someone you care about suffering from the loss of an animal family member? The “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” workbook offers guidance, care and support for adults and children in such situations.

Create a Celebration of Life

This is a platform you can fill with storytelling, pictures and laughter – focusing not upon their death but the joy and love they brought into your life and the world. Learn more about the options available.

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Find New “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” Content

Here you can find new content which includes information on: 

  • When a senior person loses their animal family member
  • Quality of Life Scale (Dr. Alice Villalobos)
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Find a “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” Coach

If you are searching for someone to support you during your journey of loss – look for a “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” Coach! Our coaches work with individuals and groups virtually and in person.

Sign Up for Content You Love 

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a unique sanctuary dedicated to:

  • Providing animal beings with healing and restorative safe spaces, loving care and attention, committed adoptive matches and (for those who lack an alternative) compassionate palliative care. 
  • Providing services to animals that need a nurturing and healing environment, medical and emotional care and loving, committed adoptive families.
  • Helping human beings receive exposure, experience, education and information, valued volunteer and employment opportunities, internships for veterinarian students (and those considering) and connectedness to a growing community of care.

“Returning from The Rainbow Bridge”

Are you or someone you care about suffering from the loss of an animal family member? The “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” workbook offers caring guidance and support for adults and children. Click here to buy the workbook, join the “Returning from The Rainbow Bridge” community or connect with one of our coaches.

Paws and Whiskers

Paws and Whiskers is your source for articles and other information that provide trusted advice, insights, stories and recommendations about animal family members.

We do this in the spirit of establishing a dedicated agency for supporting and fostering strong relationships between animals and human beings; elevating all of human and animal kinds experiences of compassion, love, respect, protection and advocacy.

Honor the Life of Your Animal Family Member

Would you like to memorialize and honor your beloved animal through a unique Celebration of Life? Click below and follow the process.

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  • Remember, Celebrate and Honor Your Animal Family Members!! November 1, 2019
    Our second drawing winner is Shasta and Diane Hawley Celebrating Shasta This is Shasta. She was full of life and ready for any adventure we went on. Loved and missed very much. Shasta never met anyone she didn’t like she was so social. This picture was taken on Hatcher Pass about a month before she […]
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  • Remember, Celebrate and Honor Your Animal Family Members… October 17, 2019
    What are some of the gifts your animal family member has given you? What has this meant to you and/or your family? We would love to read the story (and see pictures) about your Animal Family Member. So much so…that we are giving away a gift every two weeks (for the next eight)! Winners receive […]
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  • Cracking the Cat Litter Code…What is best for your cats, you and the environment? September 23, 2019
    We live in times where you can be overwhelmed by shopping for almost anything- cat litter included. How do you decide? We have looked at the information out there and brought (a lot of it) into one place. Fortunately, there are groups dedicated to researching and voting upon the best of all things. We pulled […]
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