Woman Begins A Hospice For Older Dogs To Make Their Last Days Special
Dogs are among the most compassionate and selfless animals in creation. Just as dogs love us, humans share that love for their animals, showering their pets with attention and all the toys and treats they could ever want.
An often startling realization for many dog lovers is that dogs live far shorter lifespans than their human companions. Worse so, senior dogs are sometimes abandoned at animal shelters in their last moments of life, where they usually face euthanasia.
Nicola Coyle saw the plight faced by senior dogs at animal shelters and decided to do something about it. Nicola established the Grey Muzzle Hospice Project in the United Kingdom, which gives dogs with six months or less to live the chance to enjoy their final days in the lap of luxury.
Speaking with Metro, Nicola says that dogs at Grey Muzzle Hospice are treated like royalty. Very often, Nicola and her staff will take some of the lucky pups to a local pub for a steak dinner. Ice cream and fast food are also favorite menu items for many of the dogs in Nicola's care. In all, Nicola says that she spends about $500 on each dog from her own purse.
Speaking with the news station, Nicola says that the kindness shown to the animals at the hospice is often the first such act of compassion for many of the dogs as they have used for breeding or as guard animals. Confessing that seeing the dogs die is heartbreaking, Nicola feels it is better for her to endure the sadness of her job than to let the animals die without ever experiencing love.
In addition to looking after numerous dogs in need of hospice care, Nicola also helps senior dogs find new permanent places to live. Nicola says that the animals she helps just want to be loved and to feel safe. In all, Nicola feels that she is just helping the elderly animals get the beautiful ending they so deserve to their long lives.
What do you think of how Nicola and the Grey Muzzle Hospice Project help senior dogs in their final months of life? What do you think should be done to help make senior animals more adoptable in shelters?