The Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pet Peace of Mind® program allows hospice patients to complete their end-of-life journey with the comfort and companionship of a pet, without having to worry about their pet’s current or future needs.
Many people know that pets understand when something is wrong, or sense when their owners are not feeling well. This unique bond, according to Community Hospice, is much more significant for hospice patients. Their pets offer comfort and companionship when it’s needed most—especially when words are too hard to say.
The Pet Peace of Mind® program provides solutions during this challenging time by assisting patients with basic in-home pet care, delivering pet food, vet services and placement of the pet when the patient dies. Since starting in 2014, the Community Hospice program has provided over 147 services for dogs and cats of their patients, as well as adopted out 64 pets to new homes. Currently, the program has two dogs and eight cats that are looking for “furever” homes.
For information on how you can foster or adopt one of the pets in this program, as well as volunteer or donate, please contact the Community Hospice & Palliative Care volunteer coordinator, Chris Whitney, at (904) 407-5204 or CWhitney@communityhospice.com.