In recent years, experts have increasingly realized the power of pet therapy as a valuable aid in reaching out to the elderly and the infirm.
At Hospice of Marion County, there are two ways to bring the power of pets to our patients:
Making it possible for beloved pets to remain with their owners is the mission of the Pet Peace of Mind program. Pets are part of the family, and as such, are deserving of time and attention so their unconditional love continues to be a comfort to the patient.
Hospice volunteers will visit to determine how we can help keep pets safe, fed, healthy and happy at home. Services, which are currently limited to dogs and cats, may include:
Thanks to the support of Banfield Charitable Trust, patients are eligible for assistance with the cost of needed services if requested by our social worker.
Be our Partner
Boarders, groomers, veterinary practices, pet supply providers and those participating in pet placement/rescue are encouraged to join with Hospice of Marion County to continue this worthwhile program. Financial and in-kind donations are also needed.
To become a Pet Peace of Mind partner, contact Connie Storms, (352) 873-7441 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate online.
Want to be a Pet Peace of Mind volunteer?
Download the volunteer application or learn more by calling (352) 873-7441.
A visit from a furry friend often relaxes and calms hospice patients, taking their mind off loneliness, grief and fear. By nature, animals create warmth, caring and a sense of protection.
Volunteers who would like to be Pet Visitors will receive special training and their pets must complete the Project Pup certification to be eligible for visits in patient homes or facilities.
Call Louise Cannatetta at (352) 615-9277 to schedule Project PUP certification.
Pet Visitors often find it’s just as enjoyable for their pet as it is for the patient.