New “Pet Peace of Mind” Hospice Program Keeps Pets and Families Together During Hospice Care

4/18/2014

(Florence, OR)— Peace Harbor Hospice has announced a new program, Pet Peace of Mind, which recognizes and actively supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets. The program launched on April 14th and aligns with the Peace Harbor Hospice mission to carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.
 
Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end-of-life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include providing assistance with pet food, financial assistance with routine veterinary care, transporting the pet to veterinary appointments, pet boarding and walking, grooming assistance and more.
 
Offering the Pet Peace of Mind program places Peace Harbor Hospice in a select group of other hospice providers that have joined a national network of hospice providers committed to ensuring this important patient need is met.
 
“Many hospices want to start a pet care program, but in most cases, the independent funding they secure goes toward filling gaps in their operating budgets. Hospices work hard to meet both the physical and emotional needs of their patients and we want to create a program that helps support the emotional side in a significant way,” said Dianne McGill, executive director and CEO of the Banfield Charitable Trust. “The human-pet bond is incredibly special. If we can help keep a patient and their pet together, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.”
 
For more information about the Pet Peace of Mind program, volunteer opportunities with hospice, or to make a donation to this program, contact the hospice volunteer coordinator, Donna Becker at dbecker@peacehealth.org or (541) 997-3418. 
 
 
 
 
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