Do you have a special place in your heart for furry four-legged creatures? If so, you may be interested in becoming a Pet Peace of Mind volunteer. Pet Peace of Mind is a groundbreaking national program that enables hospice patients to keep their pets at home throughout their end-of-life journey. The program aligns with Hospice of the Western Reserve’s mission of relieving suffering, providing comfort and enhancing quality of life. Since it is not covered by Medicare or commercial insurance, it is only made possible through generous support from the community.
The innovative program is available throughout Hospice of the Western Reserve’s 10-county service area. More information about training to become a Pet Peace of Mind volunteer is available by contacting Volunteer Services at 216.255.9090.
“When someone is living with an advanced illness, caring for their pets becomes more difficult. With the support
provided by our trained volunteers, our patients’ beloved dog or cat can continue to be there for them providing unconditional love, acceptance, comfort and companionship when they’re needed most,” said Lisa Scotese Gallagher, Director, Education and Engagement for Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Provided by trained pet therapy volunteers in consultation with a veterinarian, the program allows patients to complete their end-of-life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. Volunteer support includes walking and exercising dogs, assisting with care duties such as litterbox maintenance, transportation to veterinarian appointments or groomers, veterinarian consultation, food and medication delivery and administrative assistance. Support is available for both dog and cat owners. When needed, volunteers can also help connect patients and their families with community resources to help them find a future home for their pet alleviating worries about the pet’s welfare.
About Hospice of the Western Reserve
Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR) and its affiliate, HMC Hospice of Medina County, provide palliative and end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. The nonprofit agency’s mission focuses on relieving suffering, enhancing comfort, promoting quality of life, fostering choice in end- of-life care and supporting effective grieving.
About Pet Peace of Mind®
Pet Peace of Mind, a national nonprofit headquartered in Salem, Oregon, offers the national program to hospices, hospitals and home health care agencies throughout the country. The program provides tools, training and expertise that allow health care providers to incorporate services to help care for their patients’ pets.