Fospice? What the heck is a Fospice?
Well, it’s Foster + Hospice, and it’s a program run by Foster Dogs NYC. A select few dogs who are elderly and terminally ill can live out their last days with comfort, love and care.
“Too many old and sick dogs die in shelters. Sometimes shelters receive animals that are not medically healthy enough for adoption, but they still have the right to live out their golden years in loving homes and with proper medical treatment,” said Sarah Brasky, founder. “While I would not want any animal to be stuck in a shelter, it can be particularly difficult for seniors who miss their lifelong families, and need quiet and comfort during their final years/months.”
Foster Dogs NYC actively searches for foster homes, and then sponsors the dog’s basic needs for the remainder of their lives. Fospice parents also receive a very generous sponsor package, including including a donation to the rescue group that fosters the dog, a dog bed from Harry Barker, a custom portrait by My Animal Art, and a handmade orange “rescue leash” from Found My Animal.
The Fospice program began in July 2013 with “Daisy the Elderbull”. Daisy has lived much longer than expected, and is still happily living in the Lower East Side in New York.
All rescue groups are encouraged to contact Foster Dogs NYC if they have rescued an elderly or terminally ill dog who doesn’t have much time left. While they can only help a select few, mini grants can and will be provided.