Hair everywhere. Slobber. Litter boxes. Ask any pet owner the downside to having a furry friend and you will likely hear one of these reasons. But ask them the upside and find a comfortable seat – unconditional love, cuddles, endless games of fetch, silly personality traits, long walks – just a few of the reasons why we humans are wrapped around our pets’ tiny little paws.
For hospice patients nearing the end of their life, there are so many things that bring stress to them and often their pet is a great source of comfort and relief.
However, for some patients, their pet can be a source of stress as well. When faced with a terminal prognosis, often all of the attention in a home goes to the patient. In many instances, pets are unintentionally neglected. Owners are no longer able to take the dog for a walk or drive their cat to the veterinarian for a recent ailment.
That’s where Pet Peace of Mind comes in. Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. Bluegrass Hospice Care was awarded a grant in late 2015 to start the program, which services include assistance with pet food, financial assistance with routine veterinary care, transportation to vet appointments for the pet, pet boarding, walking and more. Our clinicians will also work with families to make sure there is a plan for placement of the animal at the time of the owner’s death.
Bluegrass Hospice Care launched this program in our Lexington area in April 2015 and quickly filled a request for dog food for one patient’s seven-year-old furry friend because medical costs had severely impacted the patient’s financial resources. We are fortunate to have developed a strong partnership with the Lexington Humane Society to help further our work.
Ways You Can Help Support Pet Peace of Mind at Bluegrass Hospice Care:
- Volunteer: We are looking for volunteers interested in helping with Pet Peace of Mind requests ranging from routine dog walking, playing with pets or transporting the animal to a vet appointment. If you are interested, please contact Meredith Plant in our Lexington office (859.296.6116 or firstname.lastname@example.org)mmoody
- Donate: For more information on how you can help us grow our Pet Peace of Mind program financially, please contact Susan Ware (859.296.6865 or email@example.com ).
- Partner: If you would like to partner with Bluegrass Hospice Care by offering your company’s pet-related services (grooming, pet supplies, boarding, etc.), please contact Mandy Brajuha (859.296.6864 or firstname.lastname@example.org).