Regional Hospice has announced a new program, Pet Peace of Mind, which recognizes and
actively supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets. The program
launched June 13th and aligns with Regional Hospice’s mission of providing individualized,
compassionate, physical, spiritual, and psycho-social care and support to patients and families,
enabling death with dignity as a completion of life.
Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end of life journey without worrying about
their pet’s current and future needs. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for
patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services will include,
assistance with pet food, cat litter, pet waste clean up, routine veterinarian care, dog walking, pet
boarding, and foster care.
Offering the Pet Peace of Mind program places Regional Hospice in a select group of hospices
that have joined a national network of hospice providers committed to ensuring this important
patient need is met. Regional Hospice has received funding from the Banfield Charitable Trust
Foundation to launch this program. The Banfield Charitable Trust is committed to funding and
administering programs that foster the human-pet bond and find innovative ways to keep pets
and families together.
“Pet Peace of Mind will give the patients and families we serve the opportunity to share a
meaningful and significant aspect of their lives with hospice staff and volunteers that doesn’t
revolve around death and dying” according to Joe Muench, Executive Director of Regional
Hospice. “Pet Peace of Mind will help to maintain the patient’s sense of control and decision
making in the care of their pet, thus countering some of the sense of powerlessness that occurs
during their end of life journey.”
“Many hospices want to start a pet care program, but in most cases, the independent funding
they secure goes towards filling gaps in their operating budgets. Hospices work hard to meet
both the physical and emotional needs of their patients and we wanted to create a program that
helps support the emotional side in a significant way,” said Diane McGill, Executive Director and
CEO of the Banfield Charitable Trust. “The human-pet bond is incredibly special.
If we can help keep a patient and their pet together, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.”
To find out more about the Pet Peace of Mind Program, please call Kathy Maki at Regional
Hospice in Bessimer 906-663-0308 or Nicole Brew in Ashland 715-685-5151.
If you are interested in having a presentation on the Pet Peace of Mind program for your group
or organization, contact Kathy Maki at 906-663-0308.