Hospice

WHAT IS A HOSPICE DOG?

Each dog that we bring into our rescue goes through a thorough medical evaluation. Oftentimes senior pets who come from shelters or are surrendered to the rescue have prior health conditions that need to be addressed. We have two types of hospice pets “Adoptable Hospice dogs” and “Permanent Hospice dogs”.

ADOPTABLE HOSPICE DOGS

These special pets are considered “Adoptable Hospice dogs”. These dogs, while diagnosed with a specific ailment or disease, are maintaining their current health status.  This makes them AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION! 

**All Adoptable hospice pets are also available to sponsor while they are in the care of the rescue. 

PERMANENT HOSPICE DOGS

 Sponsored by: NORMA BOWMAN 

Sponsored by: DEBBIE DAVIS

Unfortunately, sometimes we learn a pet has a terminal illness that eliminates them from being a good candidate for adoption. Dogs who are deemed permanent hospice status will stay with the rescue for the remainder of their lives, however long that may be. That’s when our hospice foster families step in. They pledge to care for, love, and cherish the permanent hospice dog for the rest of their days. The rescue continues to provide medical care, comfort, & the best quality of life possible for each hospice dog.

Currently we have many permanent hospice dogs in our care. Please consider Sponsoring one of our hospice pets!

 

Sponsored by: REBECCA TITE

MEET TARA – PERMANENT HOSPICE DOG

ABOUT: Tara is a 13 year old German Shepherd mix.  Tara was the very first dog we saved! She was pulled from an overcrowded shelter in Utah.  Shortly after we pulled Tara in June 2018, we learned that she was in kidney failure, making her our first hospice dog.  As of July 2019, Tara is still with us and going strong! Tara is known as Shannon’s (GHR founder) co-pilot.  Tara has been there since the beginning and has incredible endurance for life. She loves car rides, strolls along the Boise River and keeping all of the other dogs in line. We work hard at keeping Tara healthy, including cooking balanced meals for her along with providing high-quality supplements to support her kidneys.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Tara needs follow-up vet visits every 6 months to monitor her blood work and will need to remain on the kidney supplements combined with a balanced cooked diet. A monthly donation as little as $15 a month will go a long way to help us with Tara’s care. You can also purchase her kidney supplements Azodyl & Epakitin from our Amazon Wishlist 

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS: There are a few ways to be a sponsor for Tara. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our website under the photo of the dog they’re sponsoring. One dog can have multiple sponsors.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Tara will need follow up vet visits every 6 months to monitor her bloodwork and will need to remain on the kidney supplements combined with a balanced cooked diet. A monthly donation as little as $10 a month will go a long way to help us with Tara’s care. You can also purchase her kidney supplements Azodyl & Epakitin from our Amazon Wishlist  

-Option 1:  STROLL with a Senior Dog Sign up for monthly donations of $15.00 per month.  Stroll with a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover prescriptions for our dogs needing daily medications along with special supplements: Donate

-Option 2: HUG a Senior Dog Make a one time donation between the amount of $50.00-$100.  Hug a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover the costs of vet visits and food.  Average vet visit is $50-75 per exam (not including special procedures): Donate

-Option 3: GIFT a Senior Dog Purchase specific items for the dog you are sponsoring ($30+ to have your name our on website). In Tara’s case, it would be her kidney supplements that are available on our Amazon wish list: Amazon Wishlist

-Option 4: Green Heart Wish Donate $25.00-$30.00 per month.  The Green Heart Wish sponsorship will make a great difference towards helping with food and other supplies that are continually needed.   Donate

-Option 5: Dasher’s Dream $50-75 per month.  Dasher’s Dream sponsorship will ensure that we always have funds coming in for regular veterinary exams Donate

-Option 6:  Green Angel– One time donation of $1000.  The Green Angel sponsorship will ease our minds knowing we have support to cover special medical needs, including dentals, emergency trips, euthanasia and cremation.    Donate

 

 

Sponsored by: FRANKIE  & DUNCAN FERGUSON

&

REBECCA TITE

MEET JOSE – PERMANENT HOSPICE DOG

ABOUT: Jose is a 10 year old German Shepherd Mix.  We pulled him from an overcrowded Utah shelter in July 2018 (he was the second dog we saved).  When Jose was found by animal control (in Utah), it was obvious he had been wandering the streets for weeks.  His previous owners were contacted (thanks to microchip), but they chose to have Jose remain at the shelter, where he was at risk of losing his life simply due to being a senior dog in an overcrowded shelter.  Jose is a gentle giant, always eager to make every person around him smile.  Health wise, Jose is managing well, but he is on medication for a low thyroid and has early stage kidney disease.  Although both health issues are manageable, we decided it would be best to keep Jose with the rescue due to his age.  We also felt he would be a great ambassador for the rescue, which has been proven to be true!  As a way to increase his quality of health, we’ve taken him off of kibble and feed him a variety of freeze dried raw and fresh raw.  When he was eating only kibble, he was having issues with bloat and was also panting more than normal.  Since the transition to raw, he’s far more comfortable and feeling really good!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Jose needs follow-up vet visits every 6 months to monitor his blood work for kidneys and thyroid.  A monthly donation as little as $15 a month will go a long way to help us with Jose’s care.

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS: There are a few ways to be a sponsor for Jose. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our website under the photo of the dog they’re sponsoring. One dog can have multiple sponsors.

-Option 1:  STROLL with a Senior Dog Sign up for monthly donations of $15.00 per month.  Stroll with a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover prescriptions for our dogs needing daily medications along with special supplements: Donate

-Option 2: HUG a Senior Dog Make a one time donation between the amount of $50.00-$100.  Hug a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover the costs of vet visits and food.  Average vet visit is $50-75 per exam (not including special procedures): Donate

-Option 3: GIFT a Senior Dog Purchase specific items for the dog you are sponsoring ($30+ to have your name our on website). In Jose’s case, it would be canned food, that is available on our Amazon wish list: Amazon Wishlist

-Option 4: Green Heart Wish Donate $25.00-$30.00 per month.  The Green Heart Wish sponsorship will make a great difference towards helping with food and other supplies that are continually needed.   Donate

-Option 5: Dasher’s Dream $50-75 per month.  Dasher’s Dream sponsorship will ensure that we always have funds coming in for regular veterinary exams Donate

-Option 6:  Green Angel– One time donation of $1000.  The Green Angel sponsorship will ease our minds knowing we have support to cover special medical needs, including dentals, emergency trips, euthanasia and cremation.    Donate

MEET KIKI – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

ABOUT: From her foster mom: “Kiki is a total sweetheart! She enjoys attention but is not pushy about it. She is fine with other dogs but can be a bit bossy, so can go to a home with dogs who do not mind her assertiveness. Kiki also does well with the cats in her foster home although she will occasionally bark at them. She would need to be in a home with cats who are non-reactive. She takes a little while to warm up, once you earn her affection she will melt your heart! She is such a foxy little lady!”

Kiki is a Shiba Inu mix. We pulled her from an overcrowded Utah shelter in February 2019. We think she’s at least 10 years old. She is a feisty, playful little lady, full of personality. She is a sweet lap dog that appreciates the comfort of a safe and loving home. As with all of our dogs, Kiki was taken to the vet shortly after we rescued her. Sadly, her bloodwork showed that she is in kidney failure. Fortunately, at this time, Kiki has a strong appetite, which makes it easier for us to give her supplements for her kidneys. In addition to cooking for her, we give Kiki Azodyl & Epakitin, two supplements that benefit dogs in kidney failure. She’s also a big fan of raw goat’s milk. Kiki is happy and maintaining without any signs of illness at this time and for that, we are grateful because she is a well-loved member of the Green Heart Family.

Kiki is considered an “Adoptable Hospice dog” and IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. She is maintaining her current health status and we are looking for a special someone to become her forever family for the remainder of her golden years. Kiki will need follow up vet visits every 6 months to monitor her bloodwork and will need to remain on the kidney supplements combined with a balanced cooked diet. Kiki is also currently on kidney supplements: Azodyl & Epakitin, as seen on our Amazon wishlist .

If you’re interested in adopting Kiki please email us for an adoption application.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Kiki will need follow up vet visits every 6 months to monitor her bloodwork and will need to remain on the kidney supplements combined with a balanced cooked diet. A monthly donation as little as $15 a month will go a long way to help us with Kiki’s care. You can also purchase her kidney supplements Azodyl & Epakitin from our Amazon Wishlist 

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS: There are a few ways to be a sponsor for Kiki. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our website under the photo of the dog they’re sponsoring. One dog can have multiple sponsors.

-Option 1:  STROLL with a Senior Dog Sign up for monthly donations of $15.00 per month.  Stroll with a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover prescriptions for our dogs needing daily medications along with special supplements: Donate

-Option 2: HUG a Senior Dog Make a one time donation between the amount of $50.00-$100.  Hug a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover the costs of vet visits and food.  Average vet visit is $50-75 per exam (not including special procedures): Donate

-Option 3: GIFT a Senior Dog Purchase specific items for the dog you are sponsoring ($30+ to have your name our on website). In Kiki’s case, it would be her kidney supplements that are available on our Amazon wish list: Amazon Wishlist

-Option 4: Green Heart Wish Donate $25.00-$30.00 per month.  The Green Heart Wish sponsorship will make a great difference towards helping with food and other supplies that are continually needed.   Donate

-Option 5: Dasher’s Dream $50-75 per month.  Dasher’s Dream sponsorship will ensure that we always have funds coming in for regular veterinary exams Donate

-Option 6:  Green Angel– One time donation of $1000 per month.  The Green Angel sponsorship will ease our minds knowing we have support to cover special medical needs, including dentals, emergency trips, euthanasia and cremation.    Donate

 

MEET BENSON! –

Benson aka. Benny,  is absolutely the sweetest old man!  He is said to be sixteen, but doesn’t act a day over ten!  His favorite pastimes include playing with his favorite snake toy, eating, and exploring in the yard.  Benson is deaf, but he has great vision and is very attentive to what is going on around him. What makes Benson an “adoptable hospice” is his sensitivity to change.  When Benson first arrived he was very nervous and paced constantly. If he thought he was alone in a room he would bark and bark until he received adequate assurance that he was not in fact alone. With a lot of love, consistency and reassurance, Benson has blossomed into quite the charmer!  He is not big on snuggling but will lean his head into you for scratches and lives for belly rubs! Benson does well with cats, dogs, & respectful, dog-savvy children.

Benson is considered an “Adoptable Hospice dog” and IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. He is a super-senior at 16 yrs old but is maintaining his current health status. We are looking for a patient someone to become his forever family for the remainder of his golden years.

If you’re interested in adopting Benson please email us for an adoption application.

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS: There are a few ways to be a sponsor for Benson. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our website under the photo of the dog they’re sponsoring. One dog can have multiple sponsors.

-Option 1:  STROLL with a Senior Dog Sign up for monthly donations of $15.00 per month.  Stroll with a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover prescriptions for our dogs needing daily medications along with special supplements: Donate

-Option 2: HUG a Senior Dog Make a one time donation between the amount of $50.00-$100.  Hug a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover the costs of vet visits and food.  Average vet visit is $50-75 per exam (not including special procedures): Donate

-Option 3: GIFT a Senior Dog Purchase specific items for the dog you are sponsoring ($30+ to have your name our on website). In Benson’s case, it would be canned food, that is available on our Amazon wish list: Amazon Wishlist

-Option 4: Green Heart Wish Donate $25.00-$30.00 per month.  The Green Heart Wish sponsorship will make a great difference towards helping with food and other supplies that are continually needed.   Donate

-Option 5: Dasher’s Dream $50-75 per month.  Dasher’s Dream sponsorship will ensure that we always have funds coming in for regular veterinary exams Donate

-Option 6:  Green Angel– One time donation of  $1000.  The Green Angel sponsorship will ease our minds knowing we have support to cover special medical needs, including dentals, emergency trips, euthanasia and cremation.    Donate

 

Sponsored by: STEPHANIE SNIDER

MEET PEPPER & SCHATZIE – AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Background: Schatzie & Pepper were surrendered to our rescue in April 2019. Schatzie and Pepper were raised together and are a bonded pair, meaning they will be adopted together.

Schatzie will be 13 years old in August 2019 and is a Shetland Sheepdog.  She is a sweet dainty lady who gives into her herding instincts. She is very easy-going and likes to be around people. She is reserved when in public. You will occasionally catch her chasing her tail. She knows how to sit, stay, lay down and shake…when her paw is coaxed.  She loves to be brushed and her nails need extra special care when trimming, as she has long quicks. She does run and bark at someone passing by in the yard. She loves to explore around the yard, but is quick to want to be let back inside. She is crate-trained, but also enjoys lounging outside of her crate as long as someone is home.  Schatzie likes her space & will need existing pets in the home to leave her be. 

Pepper will be a 12-year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel/American Eskimo mix in July 2019.  He is quirky in nature and can be extremely passive and reserved. He will let you gently rub his belly.  He is an athlete and can jump and maneuver quickly and smoothly. He loves to chase balls. He has a cute smile and wants to be near people.  Pepper’s safe zone is his kennel although enjoys spending time outside for short periods of time. Pepper has a tendency to cry loudly…he is not in pain, but we have not been able to figure out why he has the crying episodes.  He will bark if someone knocks at the door. He is hesitant to new people but is very warm and loving once he gets to know you. 

MEDICAL: We’d noticed  a concerning growth on Schatzie (sheltie) that was diagnosed as a perianal tumor. It most likely has been there for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that it grew to be noticeable. We’ve explored our options and have decided to make the next few weeks or months (whatever time she has left), the best days of Schatzie’s life. It was not an easy decision to make. If she were to survive the surgery, we are not guaranteed that her recovery would be 100%, not to mention the pain involved with such an invasive surgery. We also took Pepper into consideration, because Schatzie and Pepper were surrendered to us as a bonded pair-they were raised together in the same home their entire lives and then transitioned into our foster home together. It was not an easy transition for either of them and it took Pepper months to finally relax & trust his foster family. While Schatzie is still with us, we will take her and Pepper on special outings, share special treats and make sure Schatzie knows how important she is to us. Schatzie is currently showing no negative symptoms from her tumor. She is maintaining a good quality of life with brother Pepper, which is why they are up for adoption. 

Pepper & Shatzie are considered “Adoptable Hospice dogs” and ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.  We are looking for a very special someone to become their forever family for the remainder of their golden years. Someone who can show Schatzie how loved she is, and show Pepper love & support when the time comes to grieve for his sister.

If you’re interested in adopting this special pair please email us for an adoption application.

 

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS: There are a few ways to be a sponsor for Shatzie & Pepper. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our website under the photo of the dog they’re sponsoring. One dog can have multiple sponsors.

-Option 1:  STROLL with a Senior Dog Sign up for monthly donations of $15.00 per month.  Stroll with a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover prescriptions for our dogs needing daily medications along with special supplements: Donate

-Option 2: HUG a Senior Dog Make a one time donation between the amount of $50.00-$100.  Hug a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover the costs of vet visits and food.  Average vet visit is $50-75 per exam (not including special procedures): Donate

-Option 3: GIFT a Senior Dog Purchase specific items for the dog you are sponsoring ($30+ to have your name our on website). In Shatzi’s case, it would be canned food, that is available on our Amazon wish list: Amazon Wishlist

-Option 4: Green Heart Wish Donate $25.00-$30.00 per month.  The Green Heart Wish sponsorship will make a great difference towards helping with food and other supplies that are continually needed.   Donate

-Option 5: Dasher’s Dream $50-75 per month.  Dasher’s Dream sponsorship will ensure that we always have funds coming in for regular veterinary exams Donate

-Option 6:  Green Angel– One time donation of  $1000.  The Green Angel sponsorship will ease our minds knowing we have support to cover special medical needs, including dentals, emergency trips, euthanasia and cremation.    Donate

 

MEET BUDDY & SISSY! Two adorable chihuahuas. Buddy & Sissy are a bonded pair, which means they must be adopted together.

Both Buddy and Sissy do just fine with the other small dogs.  Buddy doesn’t do well with larger dogs. They are both 16 years old – we think they’re siblings as they both have similar health issues.   Both have kidney disease, mild heart murmurs and arthritis.  Little Sissy is showing signs of dementia and is on thyroid medication.  Neither are super cuddly but do appreciate a warm home, a soft couch and a family that has the time to take care of their special health needs.  Kidney disease is easily managed through diet.  It could be in the near future that they’ll need to be on heart medication, but when taking a holistic approach, supplements for heart support will increase their quality of life.  They both tend tend to be on the nervous side would love someplace quiet and filled with love. Due to their nervous behavior, we would prefer adopting them into a home without young children-13 year or old and only if they’re dog savvy.

Missy weighs 5 pounds and Buddy weighs about 8 lbs. If you have room in your heart and couch please let us know ASAP!

Due to their age & health, they are considered “Adoptable Hospice dogs” and ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. They are maintaining their current health status.  We are looking fora special someone to for our super senior bonded pair.  If you love to pamper, nurture and have the time to support their health through a holistic approach (with our guidance), these two may be meant for you!

If you’re interested in adopting this adorable pair please email us for an adoption application.

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS: There are a few ways to be a sponsor for Sissy & Buddy. All sponsors will receive acknowledgement on our website under the photo of the dog they’re sponsoring. One dog can have multiple sponsors.

-Option 1:  STROLL with a Senior Dog Sign up for monthly donations of $15.00 per month.  Stroll with a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover prescriptions for our dogs needing daily medications along with special supplements: Donate

-Option 2: HUG a Senior Dog Make a one time donation between the amount of $50.00-$100.  Hug a Senior Dog sponsorship will help us cover the costs of vet visits and food.  Average vet visit is $50-75 per exam (not including special procedures): Donate

-Option 3: GIFT a Senior Dog Purchase specific items for the dog you are sponsoring ($30+ to have your name our on website). In Buddy & Sissy’s case, it would be canned food, that is available on our Amazon wish list: Amazon Wishlist

-Option 4: Green Heart Wish Donate $25.00-$30.00 per month.  The Green Heart Wish sponsorship will make a great difference towards helping with food and other supplies that are continually needed.   Donate

-Option 5: Dasher’s Dream $50-75 per month.  Dasher’s Dream sponsorship will ensure that we always have funds coming in for regular veterinary exams Donate

-Option 6:  Green Angel– One time donation of  $1000.  The Green Angel sponsorship will ease our minds knowing we have support to cover special medical needs, including dentals, emergency trips, euthanasia and cremation.    Donate