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Hospice Volunteers Help with Pets as Part of End of Life Care

The ‘Pet Peace of Mind’  program from the Banfield Charitable Trust allows terminally ill individuals to keep their animal companions by providing help with pet care.   According to the Banfield website, there are no Pet Peace of Mind programs operating in Philadelphia at this time.  There is one listed in Ewing N.J.         http://www.oregonlive.com/pets/index.ssf/2010/02/pet_talk_providence_hospice_vo.html

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/lossandgrief/a/Dr-Taylor-McNac-Senior-Pets-And-People.htm

Lap of Love  veterinary hospice services and in home euthanasia  –  can be reached at     267 – 317 – 8110  or http://www.lapoflove.com.  They are available in Philadelphia and suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.  See website for prices.

Day By Day Pet Support in Drexel Hill can help pet owners through the difficult times when a pet is aging, chronically ill or dying.  They provide empathy and someone to talk to .  Most services are free. There is a charge for one-to-one counseling.   http://www.daybydaypetsupport.com/   Their hotline is 484- 453 – 8210.

End of Life Care

The 4th stage in a pets life should be more than pain medication and fluids.   http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/end-of-life-care-how-to-help-pets-and-owners?WT.mc_id=Email%3BNewsLetter%3BPetwire%3BSept-3%3BArticle1&page=2

The mission of Senior Dog Haven & Hospice is to rescue and re-home senior dogs (age 7 and older) and to offer hospice care to rescued senior dogs in our program. They are located in Wilmington, DE.  http://seniordoghaven.org/

 

Models for end of life pet services in other parts of the U.S.:

Hospets is another pet care service for referred seniors, disabled and hospice patients.  They serve Union County in Ohio.    http://www.hospets.org/

The Animal Hospice End of Life Project is located in Washington state.      http://ahelpproject.org/

Sadly, there are cruel, dishonest people who profit from taking animals into their sanctuary for a fee and then letting them languish without care.  Three such places that have been discovered are described in the June 2014 newletter of Popcorn Park Associated Humane Societies.           http://www.ahscares.org/downloads/HN-June2014b.pdf    The 3 are:  Angels Gate Animal Hospice (NY),  Olympic Sanctuary and Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctaury (Florida).

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