I received this email from Lisa and an happy to share it with the DGMS family. (Apologies to Lisa - as it had been vacationing in my SPAM folder for about a week)
Linda could you possibly post a reminder to people to please keep in touch with loved ones and neighbors, especially if they are a bit reclusive. This past Friday, we assisted in rescuing 12 dogs and 5 cats from a horrible situation. The owner died and it was weeks before anyone noticed. Most of the man's pets starved, others had to resort to eating the corpse. http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20144978&nid=157 I have already told all of my family, if you can't reach me or my husband for more than two days, you had better get someone to check on us.
About a year ago you helped me with getting letters sent to my father for his Honor Flight. Those letters were truly treasured and they were one of the items left to me when Dad died in December. Dad started getting really ill in June and moved in with me and my husband and the 20+ rescue dogs. Dad loved the dogs! During our six months of being involved with hospice, I was made aware of a huge need in the community. Many homebound seniors, disabled and hospice patients are pet owners. Unfortunately many patients get too sick to care for their pets and many expect their family to take responsibility for the pet. All too often that does not happen.
After Dad passed away I created a new 501c3 non-profit in his honor. It is called Hospets.
Hospets provides volunteer pet care services for referred seniors, disabled and hospice patients who need help caring for their pets', lifting much worry and stress from the patient so they can simply enjoy their pets' unconditional love.
How does Hospets help?
Transporting pets to grooming and veterinary appointments
Assistance with pet food and basic veterinary services if owners are facing financial difficulties
Transporting pets to assisted living facilities for visits (if allowed)
Emergency respite care for the pet should the owner need to be hospitalized
Pre-planning placement - Assisting owner with finding a new, loving home for their pet
Cleaning litter box, walking, general grooming
24/7 Emergency/on call pet caregiver until family can take possession of a pet
We are teamed up with Senior Services, Meals on Wheels and local Hospices. We are serving the Central Ohio area and hope to eventually expand. I was wondering if you could give us a little plug. I am hopeful that people who may not live in my area will at least love the idea and consider starting a program in their own area or volunteer with programs that may already be out there. Our website is www.hospets.org and facebook is http://www.facebook.com/Hospets
aka Lisa in OH