Providing compassionate end-of-life care for terminally ill shelter pets, giving them a chance to experience love and enjoy their remaining time in a welcoming home.
When we rescue a sick animal, we intend to nurse them back to health and then find them a great adopter. However, on rare occasions, our veterinarians discover that a pet in our care is incurably ill, and will become progressively worse despite doing all we can. In these cases, our focus shifts from trying to rehabilitate them to giving them the best possible life for the time they have left.
PAWS’ hospice foster parents perform extraordinary acts of kindness by taking in ailing cats and dogs and giving them love and comfort during the final leg of their journey.
Some animals are in hospice care for just a few days, while others enjoy a good quality of life for months. PAWS provides everything they need: our foster staff and veterinary team work together with the foster parent to regularly assess the pet’s changing needs, manage their pain, and thoughtfully decide when it is time to peacefully say goodbye. When that time comes, the animal is surrounded by people it trusts, and we all take comfort in knowing we gave them all we could for as long as we could.