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Tue, Dec 18 | By Matt Van Hoven | 534

NATIONWIDE – Another form of animal care has emerged in recent years that addresses the toughest part of caring for an animal companion – the end of its life. Angels Gate, a New York based Hospice, is one such care provider. They tak… more ›

No Hope For Ill Pets- Try Hospice Care
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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

I agree with many people here. If your pet is that bad that you can no longer care for it, it deserves a peaceful end to its life with you there to say goodbye. Isn't it stressful for a sick animal to get shipped off to a strange place?

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mike h.
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mike h.
5 years ago

I don't know about this

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Whickums
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Whickums
5 years ago

I think it's kind of a step backwards. In humans, we employ hospice care to provide the dying person with the most comfort possible, because unfortunately euthanasia is not an option for us (yet). Seems to me that if my animal has a terminal condition and is nearing the end of its life, I am going to provide the most humane thing I can, which most of the time is euthanasia. Otherwise I'll keep doing what I'm doing so long as my dogs are comfortable and happy.

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Richard
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Richard
5 years ago

Hospice care for an animal , I dont think I believe in that

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

I guess this confuses me. Isn't hospice care supposed to be end of life care? Making sure the passing is peaceful? I think if an animal is bad enough off that it needs hospice care and massive help making sure it's last days are not painful, it would probably be much kinder to euthanize it. Am I missing something here?

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

I have mixed thoughts about hospice care for pets. It's a very compassionate intention, but maybe euthanasia at this end-of-life stage would be better. These kind people could instead concentrate on finding homes for those pets who still have a long life potential.

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Sistertex
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Sistertex
5 years ago

Certainly the act of knowing when to let go is tough, but it is the kindest act of love.

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Alicia D.
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Alicia D.
5 years ago

It's so nice to know there are groups out there trying to help save the lives of so many unadoptable pets.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

this is a service that is nice to have as an option if you decide.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
6 years ago

I am not sure about quality of life. If a pet has been with you for years, moving in with strangers doesn't seem that tranquil to me. I love my pets and grieved for a year when my Brie died, but she died with me at home with the help of my vet. Sometimes you just have to let them go.

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
6 years ago

This is too sad.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

Animals deserve this type of care when dying. Caring for an animal with a terminal disease is very hard. We also need more support for those caring for their animals at home. So many people don't understand and think it is just an animal.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Not sure I could give my babies up, but this sounds like a wonerful program!!!!

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Kindra H.
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Kindra H.
6 years ago

This sounds like a wonderful program and I am glad that animals are not suffering and that quality of life is a factor in which animals are right for this service. I hope they can continue this good work for the animals.

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Sistertex
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Sistertex
5 years ago

I agree, it is a good thing.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Glad someone is taking interest and giving care at such times in a dog's life.

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Patty  B.
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Patty B.
6 years ago

Very touching story, something that is needed.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Angel's Gate a miraculous place! The story mentions that the founder, Susan Marino and staff use hydro-therapy, holistic treatments, massage and much much more. I can tell you what they use. They use love!

I had the pleasure of visiting Angel's Gate a few years ago. Suprisingly it is not housed in a cold brick or concrete building, but in a typical Long Island suburban home set back from a quiet street on a well tended lawn. When you arrive and approach the front door all is quiet. You might think that you are in the wrong place, how could this be an animal hospice housing some 200 animals? Then you are greeted by a little two-legged dog merrily trotting up to say hello on a mechanism with wheels that acts as his rear legs, and you spot a wonderful looking Rotweiler lounging under a big old tree. (We later learned that the Rotweiler, wonderfully named Brutus, was a quadriplegic brought to Angel's Gate by his loving family because the mainstream animal medical community could not help him with his infirmity. Today Brutus is actually walking , unsteadily to be sure, but walking on his own four legs.)

Once inside Susan and her life partner Victor LaBruna give you the Grand Tour.

Warm sunny rooms. A room for cats infected with feline leukemia and feline AIDS. Another room for cats. Cats ailing from neurological disorders, from diabetes, from cancer--all with shiny coats, some friendly as hell and others aloof as only cats can be, all safe and loved.

Next the dogs. Dogs small, medium and large. Dogs everywhere. In the hall, lying on blankets on the cozy kitchen floor and reclining or milling about in the spacious backyard which is dominated by an inground pool which Susan uses to perform hydrotherapy treatments on the paralyzed dogs.

We also met two ponies, a very very old swan, ducks and chickens and a roomful of beautiful colorful exotic birds.

You learn that Angel's Gate is a haven of love. It is a sanctuary for animals that have nowhere else to go. Many of them have little time left in this world, but with Susan and company their final days are replete with kindness and loving compassion.

You leave this place feeling serene. A "peaceabe kingdom" like no other.

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

As long as the animal is not in pain and shows indications that they still enjoy life and want to go on, this is great. Once an animal is in chronic pain substantial enough to impact the quality of their life and are ready to go, then I think it is time to put them down. I feel this is as much as part of the owner's responsibility as anything else and the hardest responsibility of all.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

I support this as long as their life isn't prolonged while they are in pain or suffering. Euthanisia is a gift we can give our animals when they are suffering.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

good story, gives hope

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

This is a great and uplifting article...gives animals a forever home.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

wonderful idea!

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

For some this is the mission they choose but it would seem that saving the well ones should be the primary goal. This would however be an option for owned pets if they are able to be outpatients.

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

this is good to give animals a second chance to get better

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

This seems like a good idea as long as it is not prolonging some sort of suffering for the animals.

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

Even though I'd like to keep them around forever, I agree it's not worth it if the animals have to suffer.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I am happy to know that we are making strides in offering care for our pets.

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

this must be a difficlt job at any hospice..

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

if this is your decision to go this way it is wonderful comforting way to go

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

thank you for alerting the public that this option is available

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

this is grand, if you choose hospice they are very trained in this field very nice and supporting

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Anna S.
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Anna S.
6 years ago

Caring for a loved one during any hard time in its life can be really rough. After working as a vet tech, I've discovered that it's not that the owners of the pets don't want to care for them, it always comes down to money. I highly suggest pet insurance to everyone with animals. It looks expensive initially, but for a healthy pet, you pretty much break even with physicals, vaccines, and medications such as heartworm preventives. BUT as soon as the animal becomes ill, you discover how well worth it the insurance really is. Some good insurances to look into are the ASPCA's new plans, PZI, and HomeAgain.

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8critters
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8critters
6 years ago

The best thing I have heard coming out of hospice care is that more veterinarians are promoting a hospice care thinking among the owners of terminally ill pets, rather than waiting until it is time for euthansia to have the issue dealt with. This is a good way of giving time to say goodbye, and knowing you are doing everything to make them comfortable, but not needlessly prolonging their suffering or their life.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

I am not sure how I feel about this. Can shelters afford this service? Also I would not want "my girls" to feel like I had throw them away just because they became ill or they became old.

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Greg K.
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Greg K.
6 years ago

I think this is a good way to ease suffering on both sides. Expensive, most likely, but certainly worth it to many people.

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Rjlupinskat
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Rjlupinskat
6 years ago

It's wonderful to see more caring people out there who know how to care for an animal with such special needs. Best of luck to them!

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Glad to see such services available to the animal world as well.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

wonderful

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Laura
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Laura
6 years ago

This sounds absolutely wonderful. I wonder how the place operates. If they are a non-profit organization surviving on donations or if there is a cost to have your pet at the facility. Interesting concept.

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Cheryl L.
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Cheryl L.
6 years ago

This is a blessing I'm sure to anyone that has to go thru losing a pet

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

How compassionate! This is a service that is much needed for the pets as well as making it easier on the owners. For too long the only option is let the pet continue on as it has been or euthansia. This provides more choices.

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LIZ R.
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LIZ R.
6 years ago

THAT IS WONDERFUL

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Moral support to the pet's owners goes a long way in making everyone feel better.

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Linda L.
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Linda L.
6 years ago

If only we had more caring people like this in the world. How sad for all those animals.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

Having Senior Dogs, I have been doing this for years. They let me know when its time, I never listen to people that tell me to PTS my guys

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Cam J.
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Cam J.
6 years ago

What wonderful and caring people. They will blessed in more ways than one.

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nancy z.
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nancy z.
6 years ago

Wow ! It's hard to believe that any person or team of people can endure this emotional roller coaster. I applaud your efforts. It must be so rewarding, and yet so difficult when it is time for the animals to part with this world.
Thanks for giving a quality of life to both the pets and their owners.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Yea, it really sounds like a heart wrenching job.

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

It would be so difficult!

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Lynda
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Lynda
6 years ago

This is wonderful but I doubt that the average joe can afford it. So sad

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

this is an awesome idea and they should have more of these in other states and places!!!

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Sam K.
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Sam K.
6 years ago

Ithink it is great that someone would give there time to animals that no one wants.

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Janet V.
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Janet V.
6 years ago

What a nice woman to offer this service for animals.

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

Hospice is a godsend for humans. It's nice to see it entering the animal arena.

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