About Compassionate Care
At CC Pet Services, we recognize the significance of the bonds we share with the animals in our lives. Our pets offer us companionship, loyalty, protection, entertainment, emotional support, and perhaps most importantly, unconditional love. They become integral parts of our lives – like family and friends.
As such, they bring us great joy and fill a unique place in our hearts. But when that bond is broken, the pain involved can be devastating. Whether we lose a pet through euthanasia or natural death, the time leading up to the loss and immediately after is filled with challenges. We are often called to make difficult decisions in the midst of emotional turmoil. We must deal with our pet’s condition as well as our emotions (not to mention the opinions and emotions of friends and family).
We are here for you and your pet – to support you and your family through this process. Things may happen very quickly or it may be months from the diagnosis of a terminal condition to the resolution of the grief that follows a pet’s death. Each situation is unique, but all can be eased with appropriate care and support.
Founder & veterinarian
Dr. Fiona McCord - BVM&S, MS, JD
Dr. McCord has practiced veterinary medicine in the Dallas area for over 30 years. She grew up in Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh Veterinary College in 1981. Upon graduation she moved to Texas and attended Texas A&M University earning a Masters degree in Veterinary Cardiovascular Physiology. She lives with her husband, their elderly Labrador (Tank), youthful and energetic Airedale (Dexter), and cat (Velcro), with regular visits by her two children and 3 grand-dogs.
While she has saved many lives and relieved significant suffering during her years in practice, she will tell you that the most pain she has witnessed is the emotional pain experienced by clients when euthanizing their beloved pets. It is also the time she has witnessed the most courage and selflessness in pet ownership. It is her goal to honor this courage and ease this pain.
Activities & Affiliations
Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian - IAAHPC
Pet Loss & Grief Companioning - TPLC
Bereavement Counseling - APLB
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, 1981
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
M.S. in Veterinary Physiology, 1984
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
Juris Doctorate, 1996
Counselor & pet loss support group facilitator
Denise Donofrio, MSSW, LPC, LCSW, AHPCSW
Denise has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 1992 & licensed professional counselor since 1994. While earning her licenses, she worked with eating disorder & addiction populations. Following that, she served over 6 years in hospice work as a social worker and bereavement coordinator. In private practice she specializes in grief (especially as result of losing a beloved pet), depression and women’s issues, as well as speaking to various audiences about the grieving process. She is also trained in critical incident debriefing. Denise received a B.S. in Psychology from Oral Roberts University & a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
• Professional Counselor
• Clinical Social Worker
ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY
B.S. in Psychology, 1987
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
M.S. in Social Work,1991
Get in touch
We know there are a lot of decisions to balance at the end of your pet's life. Send us an email below and we will reach out to discuss an optimal plan for you and your family.