Special Second Chances
Hospice Foster Program
Thank you for your interest in Secondhand Hounds’ Hospice Program! Follow our adventures on our Facebook page!
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.
Say “Yes” When Others Cannot
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.
Below you will find a list of our current hospice animals. We will keep the ones who have passed on our page as well. They are important. They are loved. Thank you for helping us save them.
Questions? Please email Kallie at Hospice@secondhandhounds.org.
Hospice Foster Animals
11.5 year old German Shepherd
12 year old Dachshund
Arthur is an approximately 12 year old Dachshund mix. He was left in a shelter in the south. He has congestive heart failure, arthritis, is deaf, and has an oronasal fistula to deal with. With all of these health issues, he is still a loving happy little guy! He loves scratches and especially loves naps and treats.View Arthur's Wishlist
13 year old Chihuahua
14 year old Poodle
Charlie is a senior toy poodle. Usually we look at teeth to estimate age, but his teeth are so bad we couldn’t really tell. He is diabetic, blind, and had a bad heart murmur. However, he doesn’t let that hold him back!
His favorite things are snuggles, blankets, belly rubs, and exploring the backyard. I was surprised to discover that he is potty trained and he recently learned how to get off the couch with some grace.
All Charlie wants (other than food – yum yum) is to love anyone and everyone he meets!View Charlie's Wishlist
14 year old Miniature Poodle
15 year old Chihuahua
13 year old Border Collie
16 year old Pomeranian
Nana is a feisty little 16 year old Pomeranian. She was left at a shelter in the South with many health issues. The vet fixed up her hernia, pulled her teeth, and shaved some of her hair to help heal up her flea infestation. She is completely blind and is on meds for arthritis, but gets around just great in her hospice foster home. Her favorite thing to do is snuggle up in the corner of a bed or couch. She’ll let you pet her for a minute, then tell you that’s enough! She’s a very independent little girl, and is very loved.View Nana's Wishlist
13 year old Great Dane mix
16 year old Dachshund
Odie is a 16 year old, red, long-haired Dachshund. He arrived at SHH on September 1, 2015 from Kansas City. He is blind in both eyes, but gets around really well and can smell food 100 feet away. He very much likes to be outside in the grass to feel the breeze flow through his strawberry red locks.
Odie REALLY loves belly rubs. The minute he feels someone pet him, he immediately lies down to roll over for extra loving on his belly. Odie also really enjoys following the scent of the house cat. He gets pretty darn excited when he finds him. He loves to join in on the chorus of my other two barking dogs. He gets his tail a-wagging and howls along. He’s a very sweet and cuddly guy. He sits and waits at your feet in hopes you’ll pick him up to sit next to you on the couch. Odie also cuddles with his two buddies Shadow and Snack.View Odie's Wishlist
6 year old Newfoundland
Olive is 122 pounds of happiness and affection. She loves every person and dog she meets (though she has a particular liking for tiny Chihuahuas); offering excited wails and a wagging tail in greeting. Since coming home with us, she has opened up and grown fond of playing with toys and has become a total couch potato, often sleeping on her back surrounded with blankets and pillows. When not drooling on our couch, Olive spends a good deal of time in the kitchen where she pursues her passion for food. Namely, trying to get things to fall on the floor. She must have a fair amount of success, as she has put on about 20lbs! Winter seems to have brought a whole new joy of rummaging through the snow and eating choice chunks of ice. Olive’s positive demeanor and joy in the simple things is certainly contagious; she makes it hard to not smile back at that big doggy grin.
As a 6 year old Newfoundland, Olive came to Secondhand Hounds as part of the hospice foster program due to autoimmune hemolytic anemia and apparent severe hip dysplasia. It has now been determined that her hips are actually fine, but rather her rear knees have developed terrible arthritis as the result of an old injury. With the help of lots of medication and after many vet appointments, Olive is no longer anemic. She is having a consultation soon to know if she is eligible for double knee surgery. In the meantime, she is on a regiment of supplements and pain killers. Despite these complications, Olive has enjoyed camping, hanging out at the lake, and covering our house in slobber. Olive has a lot of spunk and will hopefully be able to get surgery to improve her quality of life.View Olive's Wishlist
14 year old Toy Poodle
Oreo is a sweet, spunky, 8.6 lb older gentleman. He doesn’t have teeth or a lower jaw, has a full cataract in one eye and partial in the other, and doesn’t hear well. He loves laying on towels (after he digs around and makes them just right). He’ll pull me around the block for his daily “run”.
It took two weeks to come out of his shell but now he has really showed his personality. He’s quite funny. At night, before bed, he thinks it’s fun to start playing with his toys and tearing around the living room.
14.5 year old Shepherd
11.5 year old Chihuahua
14 year old Dachshund
Little Miss (Rue) She is a senior girl, who came from KY on September 11 to the Secondhand Hounds Hospice Program. She has no teeth, many growths on her belly and a large oral fistula that requires soft food. She was left all alone for 3 weeks in a house when her owner went to jail, only being fed what neighbors threw through the door. She survived and is now forever safe living her life to its fullest in her Fospice home. She loves food, car rides, exploring the back yard, cuddling and did I mention food? She is a simple girl that doesn’t need much.View Rue's Wishlist
16 year old Dachshund
Scooter is a sweet senior. He loves to sleep close to his humans, he likes to go outside, but runs quickly back to the door because he loves to sleep on his couch. He is good with his black lab friends and may playfully chase a cat or a chicken. Scooter is pretty healthy except his teeth. They should all be pulled, but that won’t be the case. So in the meantime, he eats wet dog food and we try to stay away from his bad breath. Scooter is definitely living out his final days in a comfortable home where he is loved very much.View Scooter's Wishlist
13 year old Chihuahua
10 year old Toy Poodle
Sugar definitely lives up to her name. She is the sweetest little dog you will meet, and everyone who meets her loves her! Sugar ended up in a shelter when her owner passed away. She is 10 years old with congestive heart failure and partial blindness in one eye, but this has not stopped her from loving life.
Since day one, Sugar fit right in with her new human and fur siblings, even the cats. Most of the time you would barely know she is there. Sugar’s favorite activities are following her foster mom around the house, napping, snacking, sunbathing, and car rides. You couldn’t ask for a better snuggler or friend!View Sugar's Wishlist
11 year old Yorkshire Terrier
Yoshi is a very sweet and toy-loving little guy. He has high anxiety about life in general but can be a very mellow guy when everyone is calm and quiet. He obssesses over toys and has one in his mouth about 80% off the day, even goes to bed with a toy. He gives slobbery kisses for those he truely trusts. He is excellent about using the doggy door to go potty outside when his Cushing’s disease is not acting up. He gets along great with all four of his foster brothers and sisters and ignores the cats in the house. He is enjoying life and happy to be out of the shelter!View Yoshi's Wishlist
Those Who Have Crossed Over The Bridge…
We Love You
12 year old Boston Terrier
8 year old German Shepherd
12+ year old Rat Terrier
17 year old Golden Retriever
14 year old German Shepherd
12 year old Shih Tzu
13 year old Min Pin mix
14 year old Pit Bull
9 year old American Bulldog
8 year old French Bulldog
1 year old Shepherd Mix
17 year old Min Pin mix
13 year old Miniature Poodle
7 year old Toy Poodle
4 year old Shetland Sheepdog
12+ year old Lab
10+ year old Beagle
10+ year old Chow/Corgi mix
12.5 year old Westie
14 year old Miniature Poodle
17 year old Persian
9.5 year old Spaniel mix
12 year old Husky mix
9 year old Jack Russell Terrier
13 year old Yorkie
15 year old Shih Tzu