Speaking of Hospice…

This coming Friday evening (Feb 1) I’ll be participating in an Intro to Hospice seminar in Middletown, NY given by Pets Alive. Here’s the event description reprinted from the Pets Alive Blog.

An Introduction To Canine Hospice
Do you have an interest in providing hospice (end of life) care for dogs or cats, but aren’t sure how to get started, or what the experience is like?

When Pets Alive took over the Elmsford Animal Shelter, we found hundreds of dogs that were seniors. Some had even arrived ten or twelve years before – and no effort was made to ever get them a home. They have lived their entire lives in a cement run. And now many are at the end of those lives.

The staff of Pets Alive and Pets Alive Westchester are desperate to get them into homes, and many of our volunteers have stepped up and provided hospice for the animals most in need. The experience has been very rewarding and very heart wrenching. There is no greater respect, nor admiration that we could have – than for our volunteers who do this for our dogs & cats.

This picture is Chester. He had cancer and doctors felt he did not have long. He had lived at the shelter for 8 years. When we last ran a hospice course, and were looking for hospice care for him, someone stepped up and said “Yes. I will take Chester into my home.” And that very week, Chester went into a home to live out his life. Since then, Pets Alive Westchester has placed more than 24 more dogs and cats into hospice care…but there are many more that need to get out of the shelter. We know there are compassionate and loving homes out there that would be willing to provide hospice, if only you knew more about it. Pets Alive covers ALL costs for hospice dogs. So what does it entail?

Come attend the Pets Alive seminar on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7pm for an introduction to the principles and practice of canine hospice. We will also discuss special needs and “advanced” senior adoptions. Experienced practitioners will take you through the process, there will be a Q&A for questions, and Pets Alive staff will be on hand to explain how they can support your efforts.

There is no obligation. No expectations of you. Please just come and learn what it is all about.

This seminar is free! Please RSVP to john@petsalive.org. It is not necessary to RSVP – if you find yourself free that night, please just come, but we are requesting RSVP’s to make sure we have enough bottled water and snacks for everyone, and that there is enough interest to host this seminar. Seminar will be help at the Middletown Park Rehabilitation Center, 121 Dunning Road, Middletown, N.Y. They have graciously donated a room for us to use for this seminar.

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