Forever Loved:
Hospice Foster Program

In the spring of 2015, Secondhand Hounds started to receive multiple requests for elderly, un-adoptable 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 Forever Loved Hospice 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.

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Say “Yes” When Others Cannot

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

Alice

12 year old German Shepherd

Cherry

15 year old Miniature Poodle

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Comet

12 year old Labrador Retriever mix

Ebony

10 year old Chihuahua mix

Gertie

16 year old Shepherd

Gertie is a German Shepherd estimated to be between 15-18 years old. She was found as a stray in Arkansas, emaciated and in bad shape. She is blind and mostly deaf. She had some previous hair loss that the vet suspected was due to a flea bite allergy, but all of her fur is now filled in. Aside from typical old age ailments, she is doing quite well! She has some difficulty navigating stairs at times, but otherwise gets around pretty well still​. She LOVES food and gets very excited at mealtimes, and she loves treats as well and things she can chew on that aren’t too hard for her old teeth (e.g. hard rubber toys you can stuff with treats/food that she has to work to get out). She also loves toys, especially ones she can squeak and tear the stuffing out of. She goes on short, slow, exploratory walks outside, but also loves to take very long naps on her dog bed. She is such a sweet, happy dog and loves any attention she gets from humans, wagging her tail and wiggling around.

Grant

2 year old Labrador Retriever mix

Isabel

11 year old Miniature Schnauzer

Jack

16 year old Chihuahua

Joy

7 year old Redbone Coonhound

Joy is a wonderful 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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Nettie

10 year old Domestic Long Hair

Nettie is a sweet, beautiful calico cat. She has hyperthyroidism, which in turn has caused heart and kidney diseases, as well as anemia. She has been on a variety of meds, which has left her quite adept at spitting pills out, whether it be immediately or by sneakily holding them in her cheek to casually spit out as she saunters away. It’s all about perseverance in getting them in her every day! She requires SubQ fluids every other day, a special diet, as well as regular blood work and injections for her anemia. Despite all this, she is an affectionate, happy kitty who purrs readily and quickly wins the hearts of everyone who meets her. Well, almost everyone! She is still working on winning over her feline foster sister, but her bunny foster siblings accepted her right away (even though Nettie wasn’t quite sure what to make of them at first).

While Nettie may sleep a bit more than the average healthy cat, she still enjoys some of the usual cat activities.  She loves exploring, having her head scratched, and drinking from the bathroom faucet. Nettie can be talkative and is rather outgoing, never shy about meeting new people of all ages. She still keeps herself very clean, but very much enjoys having her long fur combed every day. When I sleep in Nettie’s room, she often lays on my chest, or above my head on the pillow… purring happily to show she loves me as much as I love her.

Nora

15 year old Great Dane mix

My name is Nora. My foster mama calls me Nora, Nora, the Explorer. I’m not sure why she calls me that, because I’m a 15 year old Great Dane, and the only thing that I explore is the closest place to lay down and get tummy rubs. I came to SHH from Arkansas in 2016. I was to be a senior adoptable, but once I arrived, it was determined by SHH that I had too many health issues to be adoptable so I joined the Forever Loved: Secondhand Hounds Hospice program. It was thought that I only had a couple of months, but I got thyroid meds and some awesome supplements, and I’m still going strong almost two years later! Best of all, I get to spend the rest of my life with a family who adores me.

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Odie

16 year old Dachshund

Odie is a 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. He also really enjoys following the scent of the house cat and 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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Oreo

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.

Rocky

7 year old Labrador Retriever

Rocky, aka Beau, is a sweet southern gentleman who came to Secondhand Hounds from a shelter in Alabama with the intent of being an adoptable foster. However, when he was neutered, the vets found he had some inoperable mast cell tumors, and Beau became our fospice dog. Now, Beau is living the good life with our resident dog, Lucy, two cat brothers, Red and Rex, and human kids and adults all ready to give him snuggles and cheese treats (his favorite). He enjoys leisurely strolls around the neighborhood, where he licks passersby who stop to pet him, napping on the “forbidden” sofa, and soaking up all the love he can. Beau fits in perfectly with our pack, and he has found his forever home here with us.

Ziggy

12 year old Terrier Mix

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Those Who Have Crossed Over The Bridge…
We Love You

Adelaide

12 year old Boston Terrier

Adele

8 year old German Shepherd

Albert

15 year old Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Arthur

12+ year old Rat Terrier

Arthur

12 year old Dachshund

Babe

13 year old Chihuahua

Batman

14 year old Chihuahua

Becky

17 year old Golden Retriever

Bella

14 year old German Shepherd

Bella Boo

12 year old Shih Tzu

Buttercup

13 year old Min Pin mix

Capone

14 year old Pit Bull

Charlie Cheeseface

14 year old Poodle

Chrome

6 year old Pointer mix

Chumlee

9 year old American Bulldog

Cricket

7 year old Min Pin mix

Curly

4 year old Miniature Poodle

Danger

8 year old French Bulldog

Dodge

1 year old Shepherd Mix

Duffy

8 year old Terrier

Elvyn

17 year old Min Pin mix

Ethel

8 year old Great Dane

Everly

13 year old Miniature Poodle

George

7 year old Toy Poodle

Gillian

4 year old Shetland Sheepdog

Harrison

10 year old Australian Shepherd mix

Heath

10 year old Beagle/Pug mix

Henry

15 year old Chihuahua

Leone

13 year old Border Collie

Mattie

8 year old Brussels Griffon

Murry

10 year old Miniature Pinscher

Nana

16 year old Pomeranian

Nell

12+ year old Labrador Retriever

Norah

10.5 year old Beagle

Oscar

12.5 year old Chow Chow

Otie

15 year old Shepherd

Precious

11.5 year old Chihuahua

Pup

12.5 year old Westie

Pup

7.5 year old Australian Shepherd

Rue

15 year old Dachshund

Sally

7.5 year old Chihuahua

Scooter

18 year old Dachshund

Shiloh

9 year old Labrador Retriever

Sissy

14 year old Chihuahua

Snoopy

14 year old Miniature Poodle

Sorrel

8 year old Terrier

Squeak

17 year old Persian

Stanley

9.5 year old Spaniel mix

Sugar

10 year old Toy Poodle

Sven

12 year old Husky mix

Tabitha

9 year old Jack Russell Terrier

Teddy

13 year old Yorkie

Tom

7 year old Chihuahua

Verdel

15 year old Shih Tzu

Winnie

9 year old Labrador Retriever

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