Whether you’re helping to care for someone’s pet or spreading joy with your own, your kindness and love for animals can make a big difference in the lives of our hospice patients.
The companionship and unconditional love we receive from a loving pet touches our hearts and makes us feel good. This connection is wonderful medicine for hospice patients and their family members.
The health benefits of pet therapy
A simple visit from a calm, gentle dog can provide significant health benefits, including: reducing blood pressure, relieving pain, decreasing stress and fostering relaxation.
The emotional benefits are just as important: reducing depression, anxiety and loneliness; encouraging communication; creating a physical connection through touch; and sparking memories of beloved family pets.
“The same joy my dog brings to me, he can bring to others – just with his eyes, his touch and his presence.”
Pet Peace of Mind®
Our Pet Peace of Mind® (PPOM) Program helps hospice patients to complete their end-of-life journey with the comfort and companionship of their beloved cat or dog. Trained volunteers provide in-home pet care assistance when our patients can no longer manage it themselves. With this kind of compassionate support, patients are able to keep their pets without worrying about their needs being met.
Volunteers can assist with the following:
- Walking, feeding, playing and clean-up
- Bathing, brushing and pampering
- Transportation of pets to appointments with veterinarians, groomers and temporary boarding facilities
- Shopping for pet supplies
Pet Peace of Mind® also provides resources for patients who financially qualify. Assistance is available with veterinarian care, vaccinations, flea, tick and heartworm medications, food and pet supplies, short-term boarding, and grooming when medically necessary. This program is funded through the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and dependent upon donations and grants.
To learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer, please call 561. 227.5138 or complete the online Volunteer Interest Form.