The Pet Peace of Mind Program

Helping Pets and Hospice Patients Stay Together During Hospice Care

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras

“The Human-Pet bond is incredibly special. If we can help keep a patient and their pet together, it’s best for both the pet and the hospice patient,” says Jenny Johnson, volunteer coordinator at Willamette Valley Hospice, who coordinates the Pet Peace of Mind program.

Keeping Patients and Pets Together

The Pet Peace of Mind Program offers financial resources and trained hospice volunteers to help a pet owner with tasks they may not be able to do any longer, such as walking a dog, cleaning a litter box, or taking a pet to the groomer. Generous financial donations and in-kind resources help fund other needs such as pet food, cat litter, flea treatments, and basic veterinary care for those unable to afford them. Often times, these supportive services allow a hospice patient to keep their pet in their home with them throughout their illness and maintain the hospice patient’s quality of life.

Finding Permanent Homes for Pets

For those hospice patients who are unable to keep their pets at home with them, the Pet Peace of Mind program at Willamette Valley Hospice works alongside local rescues and foster families to find permanent homes for the animals.

Interested in becoming a Pet Peace of Mind Volunteer or Community Partner? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Shelley Wagener at 503.588.3600 or shelley.wagener@wvh.org for more information on how you can help.

Walk-n-Wag Fundraiser for Pet Peace of Mind Program

The 5th annual Walk-n-Wag will take place September 9, 2017. Check this site next spring to get involved.

For more information about the Pet Peace of Mind program, to become a sponsor, a volunteer or make a donation, please contact Shelley Wagener at 503.588.3600 or 800.555.2431.