Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hospice Fosters Offers Dogs, Cats a Peaceful Death

I thought that was an awesome article. So many animals are put down prematurely in shelters and pounds when it's discovered that they have a serious illness. Even the ones who are terminal can, and often do, have a few weeks or months left with some quality of life. How wonderful that they can spend what time they have left in the loving care of a foster home instead of dying by cruel means of euthanization ... gassing, heartstick. Even if they are humanely injected, it's better for them to be in the loving arms of someone they feel safe with than dying with a total stranger, alone and abandoned.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/pets/2010-01-19-pet-talk-hospice_N.htm

1 comment:

Angie said...

I completely agree, Jo Ann. When it was time for our terminally ill cat to be sleep, the vet actually thanked us for being with her. Of course, we wouldn't have had it any other way. However, I was surprised to learn how many pets go through this process alone (oftentimes because it's too painful for the pets' owners to endure). Our vet told us that no matter how much they'd try to comfort the animal, the pet often would go into a state of panic. When families stay with them, the transition was substantially less stressful. God bless these wonderful folks who serve as "family" to the terminally ill pets whose families abandoned them.