There are thousands of animals in shelters across the U.S. who are waiting to be adopted. Sadly, some of the animals are already near the end of their lives due to an illness or old age, and won't need a home for very long.
The Animal Humane Society in Minnesota isn't turning away these animals, even though they wouldn't normally be candidates for adoption. Instead, they've launched a pet hospice program that places animals with terminal illnesses in homes where they can spend their remaining days comfortably.
Potential adopters learn about the animal’s illness and agree to provide any future medical care, the website says. As one can imagine, it takes a special kind of person to adopt an animal in hospice – not only because some require special care, but also because it's emotionally challenging to fall in love with a pet only to lose them in a short amount of time.
Fortunately, the organization has found these special adopters do exist. The AHS told WCCO they've found homes for 19 hospice pets so far, including terminally ill dogs, cats and even guinea pigs.
One of the animals receiving end-of-life care through the program is Princess, a 7-year-old pit bull with cancer. The woman who adopted her is also undergoing cancer treatments. You can read her story here.
Walk for Animals
If you want to help terminally ill pets or other shelter animals, the Animal Humane Society has a fundraising event this weekend called Walk for Animals.
Animal lovers are invited to join a 2.5 mile, dog-friendly walk to raise money for the organization. Every dollar raised helps to provide medical treatment, behavior programs, and care for more than 23,000 animals who come to the five AHS shelters in Minnesota every year, the website says.
The Walk for Animals kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley location. Find more event details here.
You can also make a donation to the AHS here.