Providing Pet Owners Receiving Hospice Care with "Peace of Mind"

Regional Hospice cares for the whole family – including our patients’ pets! Whether at our Center or at home, we know that pets are an important part of the care we receive. As Pet Peace of Mind program partners, we can help our patients give their pets the TLC they deserve.

Cricket in her new bed

With the support of many compassionate people, we recently helped a patient pass in peace knowing his pet would still thrive.

During an emergency admission to hospice, our patient expressed concern about his beloved 13-year-old Chihuahua, “Cricket.” He didn’t have time to find a new home for Cricket and his son was unable to take him. The family reported that the dog was in good health. The social worker who met the family reported Cricket was “a love.” 

The social worker sprang into action and contacted their Pet Peace of Mind team. Pictures of the dog and an email emergency alert went out. Someone came forward very quickly to say she would take Cricket and the news got right back to the patient. Within fifteen minutes of hearing the news that a new, loving home awaited his sweet dog, the patient died with Cricket curled up on his chest.

A special thank you to our friends at Versatile Vets for nursing Cricket back to health!

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