Woman creates senior dog hospice for abandoned dogs to ensure their last days are their best days
“Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). The number of dogs and cats euthanized in U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011. This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.” – ASPCA
A large number of these dogs are seniors who have been abandoned in their final days. But thanks to a program developed by a woman in England, these beautiful pups are living it up in their final days.
Steak dinners at the local pub and trips to the beach are just a few of the treats for the dogs who are seeing out their last days at Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice in Mansfield, England.
Nicola Coyle started the hospice in her home about two years ago, but she’s been caring for dogs much longer. She worked in dog rescue and was a nurse. When she retired she put all her energies into caring for dogs in the last days of their lives.
And the dogs she cares for get something they’ve never ever had before — love, and lots of it. “It can be an utterly heartbreaking job. But I just can’t bear the thought of them spending their final moments without the love they deserve.” Coyle said.
All the dogs Coyle looks after come from dog pounds, abandoned by their owners and left to fend for themselves. Dogs that are deemed to have six months or less to live, and would otherwise be put down, arrive at Cole’s door.
She now looks after two or three dogs at a time and arranges foster homes for others. Coyle designs a bucket list for each dog that she welcomes into her home and this always includes a steak dinner at the local pub and a trip to the seaside. Some get to go to a drive-thru McDonald’s and even ride in a police car.
And every dog gets a birthday party with a cake. No one knows their real birthdays so Coyle invents them. She says giving her dogs a beautiful end to their lives is very rewarding. And what a time they have.
Coyle says that she spends up to $500 on each dog to give them the best there is in life for the short amount of time they have left.
Most of the money comes from her pocket, but she holds different fundraisers as well. Some people also donate to the project on PayPal.
Coyle had this to say about the project:
“They just want to feel loved and safe. I really believe they should get a nice ending.”