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Jacqueline A. Meyers, PhD

434-842-3287 (Home)

2856 Cloverdale Rd.  Bremo Bluff, VA 23022

Note from Jackie:

“I consider my work with animals to be a ministry. I believe our choices in life are driven by who we are; what we need to do to feel complete. In that respect, my choice to work with animals is driven by a need to advocate for a "voiceless" population: our animal companions. I have been a human companion to animals for over forty years. It is a personal and spiritual mission to serve the animals that have graciously chosen to share their lives with me, and those who have found their way to Peaceful Passings after years of turmoil, stress and neglect. I am a person who cares deeply for the well-being of all animals, and have found a special calling to work with senior and hospice animals. The insight that I bring to the mission of animal service has been acquired over time and can be learned by anyone with the desire to do so.”

~ Jackie Meyers, PhD

Please Contact Me for Help, Whenever You Need It!

Jackie and Peaceful Passings are available to you by email and phone. Please feel free to contact us at any time, for any reason! There is no charge - we will never seek to earn money from your grief, loss, or distress.

 Jackie has shared her life with senior and dying animals, and has found the humbling experience of advocating for this “voiceless” group to bring great inner peace and a sense of satisfaction. We’ve developed this website to offer information, suggestions, and support to those who find themselves with an aging pet, or looking to open up their heart and their home to a senior companion animal. 

Resume and Experience


  • S.U.N.Y. Brockport: B.A. Foreign Literature, Minor: German

    • Animal Related Courses: Biology 266: Ecological Lifestyles, Biology 366: Man and his Environment, Biology 472: Ethology

  • M.Ed. Keene State College: Counseling/Administration

  • Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University: Public Administration and Public Policy

  • Professional Dog Grooming Diploma, The Connecticut K-9 EducationCenter, Newington, CT 1990

  • Certificate of Training, Humane Investigation, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Health, 1992

  • American Humane Association, Animal Emergency Services, Arlington, VA 2006

  • National Conference on Animals in Disaster, HSUS, 2006

  • Maryland SART Summit: Animal Emergency Preparedness, 2006

  • Virginia SART Summit: Animal Emergency Preparedness, 2007

  • VASART, Delaware/Maryland/Virginia SART Conference, 2008

  • FEMA: Emergency Management Institute:

    • IS-00005.A Introduction to Hazardous Materials

    • IS-00010 Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness

    • IS-00011 Animals in Disaster, Community Planning

    • IS-00100 Incident Command System

    • IS-00111 Livestock in Disasters

    • IS-00120 An Introduction to Exercise

    • IS-00130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

    • IS-00139 Exercise Design

    • IS-00200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

    • IS-00288: Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

    • IS-00700 National Incident Management System

    • IS-00701.a NIMS Multiagency Coordination System

    • IS-00702.a NIMS Public Information System

    • IS-00703.a NIMS Resource Management

    • IS-00800 National Response Plan

  • American Red Cross:

    • Pet First Aid, Red Cross, 4/10/2007

    • Fundamentals of Instructor Training, Red Cross, 4/4/2007

    • Pet First Aid Instructor training, Red Cross


Animal Activities

  • Owner, Gratefully Groomed, Dog Grooming, Fluvanna County, VA                                                  1991-1995

  • Fluvanna County SPCA, Volunteer                                                                                                      1992-1995

  • Humane Investigator, Fluvanna County, VA                                                                                       1992-2001

  • Voices for Animals, Charlottesville, VA                                                                                               1995-2000

  • Caring for Creatures Animal Sanctuary, Volunteer,                                                                          2000-2010

  • Caring for Creatures, Board of Directors,                                                                                          2005-2007

  • Country 99.7, Caring for Creatures Radio Show, Charlottesville, VA                                               2005-2010

  • Author, Fluvanna County Animal Response Plan                                                                              2003

  • Co-chair, Fluvanna County Animal Response Team                                                                         2003-2017

  • American Red Cross, Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor                                                                    2007-2014

  • Virginia SART, ESF 11, Pet Sheltering, Group Leader                                                                       2007-2009

  • Virginia State Animal Response Team Board Member                                                                     2016-2017                          

  • The Humane Society of the United States - National Disaster Animal Response Team:

    • Hurricane Katrina (2005)

    • Presidential Inauguration (2009)

    • Spotsylvania, VA/Confessions: Animal Hoarding (2010)

    • Hurricane Sandy (2012)

    • Multi-State Dog Fighting Response (2014)


Non-Profit Establishment

  • Executive Director/Founder, Peaceful Passings Animal Rescue, 501c3 non-profit, (2009- present)



  • Equestrian Activities led by Professional Athletes for At-risk youth, The Delta Society, Conference on Human/Animal Interactions, Geneva, Switzerland, 1995.

  • “Steps to Starting a County Animal Response Team in a RuralCounty”, VASART Summit 2007, and Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Northeast region, 2007.

  • Developed workbook for Virginia SART, “Developing a CART” presented at

  • VFHS conference, Fredericksburg, VA, March 2011



  • VFHS Conference, 2016, "Home-based Rescue Start-up"

  • VFHS Conference, 2017, "Is that Rescue Legit?"

  • VFHS Conference, 2018, "Is that Rescue Legit?" and "Emergent and Succession Planning fort Rescue Organizations"



La Joie: A quarterly Journal dedicated to promoting appreciation for all beings.

  • La Joie, Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2010: “Peaceful Passings Animal Hospice”

  • La Joie, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2010: “The Art of Saving Seniors”

  • La Joie, Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall 2010: “Moving Towards Spirit”

  • La Joie, Vol. 22, No. 4 Fall 2011: “Alice Faye, a Once Stray Beagle”

  • La Joie, Vol. 22, No. 1 Winter 2011: “The Joy of Rescue”

  • La Joie, Vol.23, No.1 Winter 2012: “Old Dog”

  • La Joie, Vol. 23, No. 3 Summer 2012: “Passings”

  • La Joie, Vol.24, No. 2 Spring 2013: “Being Nosey”

  • La Joie, Vol. 24, No. 4 Fall 2013: “Puppy Mills: They’re not Just About Puppies”

  • La Joie, Vol. 25, No.1 Winter 2014: “Kate’s Scars Touch Marie’s Heart”



  • Virginia Federation of Humane Societies – President’s Award: March 11, 2011

  • Helping Hands Award: Brockport High School Class of 1972, given in recognition of participation in the animal rescue efforts in Louisiana, Following Hurricane Katrina: July 14, 2007

  • Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Rescue Certification: April 17, 2013


Please Note: Information and advice on this website is based on the personal experience and beliefs of our founder, Jackie Meyers, PhD. She is not a veterinarian, and neither she nor any member of Peaceful Passings can be held liable for any use made of the information herein. We urge you to combine what you find here with other information on the web and your own experiences and beliefs; and always consult with your veterinarian for medical conditions and emergencies.


Meghan Gum


Gareth Hunt 

Vice President


Dave Sagarin 


Linda Sega

Board Member

Lily Miller

Board Member

Jacqueline A. Meyers

Executive Director/Founder