Fospice Program

Fospice Program

Fospice, a blend of “foster” and “hospice,” provides end-of-life comfort and care to very elderly or terminally ill homeless companion animals.

For years, the From The Heart Rescue Foster Program has offered care and support for companion animals at the beginning of their new life’s journey. So, hospice care for homeless animals who come to us too ill to save or at the end of their life’s journey is just a natural extension of the Foster Program’s services.

Not all Fospice dogs are seniors. Sadly, younger dogs and pups sometimes qualify if they have been diagnosed with a terminal condition like renal failure, heart disease or certain cancers. Depending on the diagnosis, a Fospice dog may have a matter of weeks or months, or just like humans, canine patients can beat the odds and go on to live far longer than expected.

Like fostering, Fospice provides a loving home to a deserving dog without incurring the costs and long-term responsibilities of a traditional adoption. Food, medications, veterinary visits and all the other expenses of caring for a Fospice pooch are taken care of by From the Heart Rescue. The difference between foster and Fospice is the outcome. Instead of preparing a pooch to head off to its forever home, a From the Heart Fospice home is providing priceless end-of-life care to a dog otherwise destined to pass away in a lonely cage at a shelter because we can’t save them. The Fospice Program a unique and beautiful opportunity to show them a level of love and comfort they may never have experienced before.

Obviously, these pets do not know that their time is limited – but what they do know is they are happy every day they are in a loving home. The benefits for these animals in terms of comfort, stress reduction, and happiness is immeasurable. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of people who provide Fospice care benefit as well – simply because they realize the importance of the gift they are giving to these dogs.

We are always looking for special foster parents who are willing to give extra snuggles, endless treats, unlimited belly rubs, and never-ending ear scratches! We know people say “Oh, but I would just get too attached and the dog would die so soon”. Well, there is no way to sugar coat it, but dogs do die and their time on this earth is too short. That said, any of us could kick off tomorrow and it goes for that cute puppy, too. Longevity is not guaranteed to anyone or anything. Learn to love the sweetness that comes with each day and rejoice in what you have. A Fospice dog can teach you that!

No matter how long they have, these animals deserve loving, caring fosters who will make sure they are spoiled rotten in the remaining time they do have.

Please consider becoming a loving Fospice home.

If you can’t foster, please consider donating to our Fospice Program dogs

For some of our animals, this is the first AND last chance to experience finally having a family!

From the Heart Fospice
From the Heart Fospice Program
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