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23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Molly M.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new board member to Pet Peace of Mind but a long time supporter as both a donor and volunteer. As a pet-loving professional, I know how important people's pets are to them. During stressful and sad times of life, that importance only grows. As health declines, many people face the impossible decision of what to do when they themselves can no longer care for their pets - both when they are physically unable as well as after they pass away. Pet Peace of Mind fills a huge need in helping people and pets stay together for as long as possible through supporting hospice groups and nursing facilities in maintaining that bond and providing care for the pets. As this charity grows, we will be able to help more and more people find joy and solace in companionship from their pet in the most important times.

Emily B.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Pet Peace of Mind a few times and have seen the importance of keeping pets and patients together. Great organization!

johnbork

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We absolutely love Pet Peace of Mind. They have such a great story, mission and vision. Additionally, the level of support and love they give to the pets, pet parents and partners is so special. We could not think of a better partner and very much appreciate what they do each and every day.

William E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful often overlooked service towards end of life , knowing your precious pet is taken care of.

Jtwo A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pet Peace of Mind helps hospices help their patients by providing a system to look after the patients' pets. Sometimes the only thing preventing a patient from agreeing to receive the comfort and quality of palliative care that hospice offers, is concern for what will happen to their loyal pet. Pet Peace of Mind's model removes that barrier to quality healthcare and ensures that the pet is placed with a nearby family--never a shelter--so that the patient and their pet may have some more quality time together, or at least the peace of knowing that their best friend is being lovingly cared for.

When my sister-in-law (SIL) was recovering from a lengthy hospital stay, we brought her cat, Penny, to her. Both of them benefited from the together time. Penny curled up on my SIL, and purred. SIL relaxed and felt a surge of energy--we could see her immediate improvement.

While my SIL wasn't terminally ill, this example reflects why the work Pet Peace of Mind is so important to patients who deserve the comfort of their best friend in their final days and hours.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pet Peace of Mind is a wonderful organization and is a true blessing for both patients and pets. The comfort pets provide, especially when someone is faced with a serious illness, is immeasurable. The program not only provides pet care assistance, but also rehomes pets if needed when their owners pass. I have heard numerous stories from hospices that patients are unable to pass until they know their pet has a new forever home to go to. Pet Peace of Mind is a gift for patients and families!

Board Member

Rating: 5

For many people, a companion animal is their best friend. Pet Peace of Mind recognizes the importance of the human-animal bond and enables people and their pets to stay together.
By allowing patients to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs, this excellent charity provides comfort when needed most.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the honor of serving on the Pet Peace of Mind Board of Directors. With every story I hear from our program partners I am moved to do more for this wonderful organization. Helping the elderly care for, and at times find new homes for, their pets is important and rewarding work. The unconditional love we receive from our pets is what bonds us so closely to them. Ensuring that our pets are well cared for makes it easier to accept when our time has come to say goodbye. The name of the organization says it all, Pet Peace of Mind. I am truly grateful and honored to serve alongside my fellow board members.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud Board Member of Pet Peace of Mind. PPOM provides care for hospice and palliative care patients pets when they need it most, and when necessary rehomes the pet in a new forever family.

The magic bond between pets and people is never more important than at end of life. Pets often provide the only source of love , companionship, and comfort at this crucial time.

PPOM provides a turnkey program for hospice and palliative care organizations so that they can deliver pet care needs when and where it is needed most.

Roberta T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pets are family and hospice families need to know that their family will be taken care of and placed in good hands. Through this awesome program patients have been able to keep their furbabies with them and with hospice staff can have a hand in making a plan for their fur babies. Through this program we have been able to help with veterinary expenses, purchase pet food and litter among other things. Because of this program hospice patients can truly have "peace of mind" about their pets. Thank you Pet Peace of Mind!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pet Peace of Mind is such a wonderful program that offer so many benefits to our non-profit hospice organization. We are extremely fortunate to have a partnership with them which allows us to help care for our patients' pets. While our patients are dealing with a terminal illness, we want to make sure we improve the quality of their lives as much as possible. Our PPOM Volunteers help us achieve this goal by providing basic care needs for our patients pets which gives our patients a peace of mind knowing their pets are in great care. We cannot put into words how grateful we are to be a partner with this program. This not only helps our patients physically but emotionally as well. They are always in better spirits knowing their pet is taken care of.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There are no words for the comfort a loving pet can give you in your final days. Pet Peace of Mind gives individuals the resources to remain with what is often their primary companion and source of hope. This is a priceless gift to have at the end of your life and an organization well worth supporting.

Scott153

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to grow up in the country and always was around pets. They became my passion in life and I'm blessed to work with pets and people who love them every day. The older you get the more you understand that person/pet bond. I can't think of anything stronger than knowing that scruffy mutt is going to be beside you. I give thanks every day for the things that Pet Peace of mind can do for both the pets and people who love them. What a wonderful gift to give someone in the security in knowing that your "kids" will be cared for and placed. We see stories all the time but how precious time and comfort is and that we have to help others live a life surrounded by love. Thank you PPOM for making such an impact on clients lives.

Jessica308

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the most amazing relationships in life is that between pets and their owners. I get to see it every day. In addition to interactions with my own pets, as part of my career in the veterinaryfield I am witness to the enormous importance of the bond between pets and humans. This bond has been scientifically shown to keep humans healthy by lowering blood pressure and enhancing immune system function by reducing stress in our lives. I know from personal experience that cuddling my purring kitty or playing with my silly dog helps me when life sometimes seems overwhelming. I can't even imagine the concerns I would have about their care if I were incapacitated in some way. This is where Pet Peace Of Mind come in and helps those who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and are in hospice care. They make sure the pet stays with the patient, is cared for during their illness and then is placed in a loving home once that person passes away. What a noble cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM) is the most incredible, innovative charitable organization I have seen in a long time. Their program is not only 100% charitable, but it is also 100% volunteer based. There is passion behind this cause. Not many people consider what may happen to their pets as they age. PPOM keeps people and pets together through all of life's transitions. What most impresses me, is the sustainability of the turn-key model. Dianne McGill and the board of directors are interested in giving people/hospitals/hospices the means and the way to be successful to reach and help as many people and pets as possible. I as a veterinarian truly believe this focus on how important the human animal bond is...is the wave of our health future. It has been proven over and over that people heal from illnesses and diseases faster when they are bonded to a pet. Quality of life is improved. I cannot think of very many more noble organizations that Pet Peace of Mind.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pet Peace of Mind is a fantastic program! We never thought about what would happen to our dogs if we got sick and couldn't take care of them. We donate because we want to be sure hospice patients can keep their pets with them until the end and then have the pet go to a good home instead of ending up in a shelter. We've supported the program for about a year and they have always done a great job using our donations. We really like getting the thank you notes with stories about the pets that were helped with our money. Keeo up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish I had known about Pet Peace of Mind in 2007 as I was working with Hospice and my mother was passing away. I didn’t have the capability of taking care of my mother’s loving dog and I didn’t realize how important it was to Mom. Although I didn’t have a resource for help caring for Annie (dog) I found a good and loving home with someone my mother knew. Although, this was a relief to me I know my mother would have been so much happier to have been able to visit with Annie and have her at her side as she passed.

Then I found out about Pet Peace of Mind. Although I have not used them directly I have had the opportunity to help two people that I loved with the knowledge I have about the importance of the pet bond at the end of life because of Pet Peace of Mind.

The next two experiences are intertwined in a matter of two months in 2013: my brother was very ill and in Nevada; and a dear friend was terminal here in Portland. I was caring for my friend’s cat, Lily, as her owner was in hospice. At the same time my brother’s condition worsened and hospice was called in. Luckily I had my very own Pet Peace of Mind friend and neighbor here in Portland. I was back and forth from Portland to NV and my friend cared for Lily when I was out of town. Thank goodness my friend was able to help out, she groomed, fed and loved the cat in my absence and the most important thing she did was take Lily to his bedside. Lily would spread across his body and soothed him during visits. As soon as Lily arrived and spread out lovingly across him he relaxed. He was so comforted by her just snugging up to him at the end.

My brother's experience was similar. Hospice had been with him only a couple of days before he passed on. He loved his pets as much as our mother did. His beloved dog was sleeping at his side by the fireplace and his cat crawled up and sprawled across him and purred. Although he was not awake he was comforted by those two loving pets.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pet Peace of Mind is such a valuable organization. It’s the only nonprofit that has recognized the tragic absence of support for hospice patients regarding their companion pets and put into action programs to fill this gap. Since it’s inception in 2009, I have supported Pet Peace of Mind with donations and design services. During these years I have been so impressed with their endless compassion and highest integrity. Please contribute to Pet Peace of Mind so they can continue helping hospice and palliative care patients keep and care for their pets.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I see daily the impact Pet Peace of Mind has on patients and families. The service keep patients with their animal companions during their end of life journey and it is a type of support that no human can provide a patient. Our caregivers are so thankful for the transportation support because they do not want to leave their loved one. The patients are grateful that Columbus Hospice recognizes the special bond they have with their pet and the support we give to keep them together. Pet Peace of Mind improves the quality of life for our patients!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a girl that was fortunate enough to have grandparents that loved animals. I learned this love from them. They are now both gone, but their love of animals lives on in me. When I learned about Pet Peace of Mind I was thrilled because it does what I wish could happen for every pet/person pair; they are together until the end. They provide money and services for pet people who are at their most vulnerable and they provide the peace of mind that only comes from truly knowing that their pet babies will be well cared for after they pass. It is a privilege to be able to support this program because they show me each month how my money is helping people and pets. They are accountable, responsible and dependable.

Terri82

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our hospice has the honor and privilege of offering this wonderful program to our patients and their pets for over 6+ years. We have witnessed the importance of pets in the lives of our patients. The Pet Peace of Mind program provides pet care to those who cannot provide services on their own. We cannot imagine not offering the program at our hospice. The program provides an extra layer of care to those who need it most. I am honored to be a founding board member of this wonderful organization.

A.Plowman

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I learned a program existed to help hospice patients keep their pets during what can be an emotional transition, I wanted to get involved. My family was fortunate we were able to keep my grandma and her dog, Snuggles, together during her time with hospice, while also giving her peace knowing Snuggles would go on to live with my mom after she passed away. Not everyone has this peace of mind. Often times, they have to say good-bye to their best friends because they are no longer able to care for them—creating unnecessary suffering for the patient and their pet. Pet Peace of Mind inspires me because the work they do helps pets remain with their pet parents, in their loving home when they need each other the most.

Please consider supporting Pet Peace of Mind so they can continue providing hospice patients with financial assistance (e.g., medications, food, supplies for their pets) and training volunteers to take special care of their pets during these challenging times (e.g., taking them on walks, to grooming appointments, and for check-ups with the veterinarian).

Bob_99

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a veterinarian I've had the privilege of witnessing the magic connection between pets and people throughout my career. Perhaps nowhere in my experience is that special bond more important than at end of life for elderly people in need. Often a hospice patients only companion is their pet. Pet Peace of Mind sees to the needs of these pets throughout the hospice process, maintaining the love and support provided by four legged family members. At end of life Pet Peace of Mind re-homes the pet and thus begins another bond between pets and people. Please support this worthy cause.