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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.

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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


15 year old Wire-haired Pointing Griffon


12 year old German Shepherd


13 year old Chihuahua


14 year old Chihuahua

Batman, we call him Little B, came to live with us as a hospice foster when his family couldn’t keep him anymore. He has severe dental disease which led to oronasal fistulas, a grade 4/5 heart murmur, and probable testicular cancer. Despite all of this, he’s a very sweet, funny little guy.

He likes to snuggle under blankets & when he’s not on a lap, he has a “man cave” in the corner of our closet, where he hides (hoards) all the toys he’s stolen from the other dogs. He’s surprisingly energetic at times, and loves to run around exploring our large backyard. He fit in with our pack right away and we deeply love this special, stinky little dude!

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14 year old Miniature Poodle

View Cherry's Wishlist


16 year old Shepherd


2 year old Labrador Retriever mix


10 year old Beagle/Pug mix


15 year old Chihuahua

Henry was found abandoned in the middle of nowhere by a good samaritan. After attempting to locate his family without luck, she reached out to Secondhand Hounds. Guessing him at 15+ years, he was toothless, mostly deaf, emaciated, had Lyme’s Disease, Ehrlychia (another tickborne disease), a bad bladder infection, a grade 5 heart murmur, a chronic cough, probable testicular cancer, and was in beginning stage liver failure.

Henry is joy! Through all of his major health issues, he is still a happy boy who loves food, running zoomies around the yard until his heart gets tired, car rides, the ladies (never too old!) and of course snuggles! He is now a healthy 6 pounds, treated for his inflammatory diseases, on heart meds, and he makes every moment count!

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16 year old Chihuahua


7 year old Redbone Coonhound

Joy is a wonderful 7 year old Redbone Coonhound. She was previously used for breeding and was found as a stray in Kentucky. Unfortunately Joy has ovarian cancer that has spread, so she is hospice. She also has arthritis in her joints. She needs to eat puppy food and use diapers. She is very happy and loves her family. She loves to eat her food and treats. She loves everyone she meets. She loves going for walks and chasing squirrels up a tree. She loves other dogs but if one barks at her she barks right back with her wonderful authentic coonhound bark. Her name says it all—she is a Joy!

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8 year old Chihuahua

Miley is a 2.8 pound long hair Chihuahua that arrived from the South. She came to SHH emaciated, with bad knees/hips that impact her ability to walk, a stage 4 heart murmur, her blood work was off, and what she had left for teeth were infected. With the help of antibiotics, pain meds, a warm bed and regular food – Miley is feeling pretty good – and she has a sparkle in her eye now! She loves to snuggle on my lap or lay in the sun. Miley is such a sweet dog and we love her dearly!

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13 year old Great Dane mix

View Nora's Wishlist


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.

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16 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.


15 year old Shepherd


15 year old Dachshund

Little Miss (Rue) She is a senior girl, who came from KY 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.

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18 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.

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12 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!

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12 year old Terrier Mix

View Ziggy'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


12 year old Dachshund


17 year old Golden Retriever


14 year old German Shepherd

Bella Boo

12 year old Shih Tzu


13 year old Min Pin mix


14 year old Pit Bull

Charlie Cheeseface

14 year old Poodle


9 year old American Bulldog


7 year old Min Pin mix


8 year old French Bulldog


1 year old Shepherd Mix


8 year old Terrier


17 year old Min Pin mix


13 year old Miniature Poodle


7 year old Toy Poodle


4 year old Shetland Sheepdog


10 year old Australian Shepherd mix


13 year old Border Collie


8 year old Brussels Griffon


16 year old Pomeranian


12+ year old Labrador Retriever


10.5 year old Beagle


12.5 year old Chow Chow


11.5 year old Chihuahua


12.5 year old Westie


7.5 year old Australian Shepherd


7.5 year old Chihuahua


9 year old Labrador Retriever


14 year old Chihuahua


14 year old Miniature Poodle


8 year old Terrier


17 year old Persian


9.5 year old Spaniel mix


10 year old Toy Poodle


12 year old Husky mix


9 year old Jack Russell Terrier


13 year old Yorkie


7 year old Chihuahua


15 year old Shih Tzu


9 year old Labrador Retriever

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