Providing Care for Patient & Pet
PET ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Helping hospice patients continue to care for their pets. If you become too ill to fully care for your pet, our volunteers can provide supportive help by walking your dog 2-3 times a week, deliver pet food, and provide transportation to veterinary visits and groomers. You can expect your pet to receive the same level of loving care and attention from our volunteers as they receive at home. Patients who need financial assistance with veterinary care or pet food, should talk with their nurse or social worker.
PET ADOPTION PROGRAM
Helping pets find a new forever home. As a last resort, our pet adoption program can help place pets who have lost their owners in hospice care into new loving homes. These pets have been well loved by their families and are usually of a "mature" age. Cats and dogs are always up-to-date on their vaccines and are microchipped before adoption. We do not charge adoption fees, but donations are always welcome.
Rocky is a 5-year-old, neutered, catahoula leopard hound. He's a sweet dog who would fit well in a family with older children. When Rocky first arrived at the shelter, he weighed 100 lbs and couldn't walk longer than a few minutes before getting tired due to his weak hind leg muscles and extra weight - a dog of his breed should weigh around 60 lbs. Now he's able to walk the entire boarding facility, about an acre in area, and has become a much happier dog! He will guard his food but staff members at the boarding facility are working with him on this. He's a sweet dog and would fit well in a family with older children, although he doesn't care much about being around very active dogs. In the past, he lived in a household that has included cats and is fine around calmer dogs.
You can adopt Rocky free of charge by contacting: Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Adoption Process
Find The Right Pet For You
Below you'll find a list of adoptable cats and dogs ready for adoption. Once you find a pet you think would be a great match, contact Chris Whitney at (904) 407-5204 to schedule an in-person meeting.
Schedule A Meet Up
Once you feel you've found the right pet for you and your family, schedule a meet-and-greet by calling Chris Whitney at (904) 407-5204. If you and your prospective pet are a match, you'll get started with the paper work. If you have other pets at home, we'll schedule a pet meeting to ensure all pets will get along peacefully.
If the adopter rents, we'll need verification from the landlord that pets are allowed on the premise. A copy of current vaccine records are required for any other cat or dog in the home.
Complete The Adoption Paperwork
Pets are always up-to-date on their vaccines, receive a six month supply of heartworm and flea medications, and are microchipped. We do not charge for adoptions, but donations are always welcomed.
View Available Cats
Here's the latest list of cats ready for adoption. If you have questions, would are ready to schedule a meeting, please contact Chris Whitney at (904) 407-5204.
View Available Dogs
Here's the latest list of dogs ready for adoption. If you have questions, would are ready to schedule a meeting, please contact Chris Whitney at (904) 407-5204.
Pet Adoption Stories
LADY'S ADOPTION STORY
Lady first came to our attention when her owner was in Community Hospice’s care. The patient was too ill to fully handle Lady’s needs but wanted her at home. Through our Pet Assistance program, Lady was taken for a full checkup and shots. Volunteers checked in regularly to deliver food and take Lady for walks. When Lady's owner passed away, no one in her family was able to take her in so Lady became part of the Community Hospice family.
Lady proved to be a challenge to get adopted. For a year and a half she was boarded and cared for, eventually going through a dog training program.
Today, Lady living happily in her new forever home, complete with a canine brother, Duke, and human siblings! You can see in this short video that our efforts were worthwhile. Lady is happy to be home.