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Vote Online To Help Hospice Patients Keep Their Pets

There are 8 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Apr 21, 2010, titled Vote Online To Help Hospice Patients Keep Their Pets. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

When a patient enters hospice care and begins to deal with end of life issues, what happens to their pets? Often, they must give them up at a time when they need that unconditional love the most.

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Upstream

Tulsa, OK

#1 Apr 21, 2010
I'm thankful for a program like this. Terminal patients have so much to deal with and many have already lost life long companions. Letting them keep their pets is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Dianne

Charlotte, NC

#2 Apr 21, 2010
This program is FANTASTIC! I am definitely going to vote for it. Thank you for a wonderful story.

Since: Apr 10

Sapulpa, OK

#3 Apr 22, 2010
This seems like a great program. However, what about the patients that have an over abundance of animals? Would they put a limit on how many pets they can have? I can't see them wanting to take care of 50 cats.
Kool

Tahlequah, OK

#4 Apr 23, 2010
this is soo awesome! I think this program is perfect for what the patients need. When they have a pet to care for, it gives them something to taek care of and keep their mind occupied while taking care of the animal(s) instead of sitting around feeling horrible.
Taylor McNac

Tulsa, OK

#5 Apr 26, 2010
Good Question, Jerry and thank you for your comment. One of the strengths of the program is that it doesn't remove the patient's responsibility for their pets' welfare. We assist them, but don't take over. Each hospice has the freedom to set limits on their program and they are required to use a consulting local veterinarian to serve as an advisor. In the case of someone with too many animals, obviously the patient and family would have to make some placement decisions early in the situation. No program can meet every need, but this one meets a previously unmet need that benefits the vast majority of pet owning patients.

Since: Apr 10

Locust Grove, OK

#6 Apr 26, 2010
Taylor McNac wrote:
Good Question, Jerry and thank you for your comment. One of the strengths of the program is that it doesn't remove the patient's responsibility for their pets' welfare. We assist them, but don't take over. Each hospice has the freedom to set limits on their program and they are required to use a consulting local veterinarian to serve as an advisor. In the case of someone with too many animals, obviously the patient and family would have to make some placement decisions early in the situation. No program can meet every need, but this one meets a previously unmet need that benefits the vast majority of pet owning patients.
Thank you for your reply and helping me to understand the program. I think it's a great program that could help out these people tremendously.
MissFormerTulsan

United States

#7 Apr 27, 2010
Looking for a Whippet, and yes, love this program
Spike

Tulsa, OK

#8 Apr 27, 2010
AMEN! That is absolutely wonderful. I could never give up my dogs or cats. It would be devastating to me. Thank you, Dr. for finding a solution to this problem. AWESOME!!

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