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In the spring of 2015, Secondhand Hounds started to receive multiple requests for elderly, unadoptable dogs in shelters. Unfortunately, our program is adoption-based, and that is how we guarantee the survival of our program. But, we could not let these senior and terminally-ill dogs live out their final days in a cold, lonely shelter. So, we started the Hospice Foster Program.
This program relies on hospice foster homes to open their hearts to dogs who will not ever leave. They will not be able to find a wonderful adoptive family, they will not watch their foster dog transform into a healthy pet, they will never say “see you later”, but rather “goodbye”. As you can imagine, it takes a very selfless, compassionate, and strong foster to do this. Essentially, they are taking these dogs in as their own, and loving them fiercely until it is their time to pass.
At this point, we have been flooded with requests to take these special animals, and do not have the resources to take them all. For this reason, we have decided to only take hospice pets from shelters and animal control agencies. This may change later on, but for now those are the dogs we truly feel are in need of our help.
Hospice fostering isn’t cheap, and Secondhand Hounds covers all of their medical bills. So, we look to donations to help support this program. Each animal gets special food, an orthopedic bed, pain medicine if needed, various other medicine for eye issues, ear issues, dental issues, etc. When the time comes for them to cross the Rainbow Bridge, we believe in their foster home, surrounded by the people (and animals) they love, is the only way to dignify these sweethearts. Because of MNPets, we are able to have our hospice fosters cross the rainbow bridge with dignity and comfort in their own home. Here is a great article on our partnership with MNPets!
Below you will find a list of our current hospice animals. They are important. They are loved. Thank you for helping us save them. Questions? Email Kallie at Hospice@secondhandhounds.org.
So, how can you help?