Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hospice Cares for Pets Too

Hospice to provide care for pets of the dying

McClatchy Newspapers

"COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus Hospice serves more than 300 patients and for many of them, Terri Roberts says, 'their pet is all the family they have.'

"That's why Roberts, the organization's director of volunteer services, is excited about the new program that the hospice, in Columbus, Ga., will begin in January.

"It's called Pet Peace of Mind and is being financed by a $5,000 grant from Banfield Charitable Trust, a public charity that focuses on pets.

"'We are one of only three hospices in the country chosen. The others are in California and North Carolina,' said Roberts, who wrote the grant requesting the funds.

"The idea for the program came from Delana Taylor McNac, who began a similar program at the Green Country Hospice in Tulsa, Okla., where she is the chaplain. McNac is a former veterinarian..."

(read the entire article)

Aksum Notes: Many of the Abys that I post regularly on the Homeless Abyssinians web page had to be given up by their owners when they went into a nursing home. I think that is so sad. I'm glad somebody is doing something about it.

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