On October 4, Capital Caring employees and volunteers gathered at the Capital Caring Halquist Center to officially launch the Pet Peace of Mind® program across the entire organization. This exciting program provides financial assistance to help pay for veterinarian care, pet medicine, pet food, boarding, and grooming to qualifying patients currently in Capital Caring’s hospice service.
“Our pets give unconditional love to our families at a much needed time, but they also provide a variety of health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure and ease depression,” stated Karita Knisely, one of Capital Caring’s Volunteer Service Coordinators. “Pets are also a consolation for the bereaved and have given them a reason to get up in the morning. We can only imagine how much more significant this unique bond between pet and person is for those facing advanced illness.”
Many patients in hospice care report a decrease in previously enjoyed social outlets and opportunities. For those facing illness and increased feelings of isolation, pets help fill that void by offering comfort and companionship. They are there for us, and Capital Caring’s Pet Peace of Mind program (PPOM) ensures that we are there for them, in return. By keeping pets healthy, patients have a peace of mind and one less thing to worry about. So far, we have come to the aid of three families and five companion pets ranging from poodles to pomeranians by arranging for vaccinations, pet food, bathing, grooming, pet medicine and, in one instance, a much needed surgical procedure.
Capital Caring is truly grateful to Town and Country Animal Hospital and the team of wonderful veterinarians who agreed to participate in this program as our consulting veterinarians. Without their partnership, we would not have received the grant to start this meaningful program. They have been such a blessing and have treated us with professionalism and love for our families and their pets. Families benefitting from PPOM are able to use their own veterinarian, but when that it is not possible, Town and Country offers themselves as veterinary experts.
Capital Caring is the first hospice to bring Pet Peace of Mind to Loudon, Fauquier, Prince William, and Fairfax counties as well as Arlington, Alexandria, Fredericksburg and Richmond VA , Washington, DC and Prince Georges County, MD. The program is primarily administered by Capital Caring volunteers under the direction of their Volunteer Services Coordinators.
For more information or if you wish to volunteer or make a donation to the Pet Peace of Mind® program, please visit our website at www.capitalcaring.org