I recently read about a group of people condemning their shelter for failing to provide hospice care. In a gentle world, it would be nice to have a group of homes that would care for animals during their last leg of their journey on earth. The problem arises that there are damn few people who can perform hospice care.
The idea of providing hospice care is to allow an animal to live out its final days in the care of a loving home… allowing the animal to have a natural death. The person performing this task should understand the process and provide gentile care as the animal drifts away. But, those kind of people rarely exist; instead, you end out with people who freak out over every event and seem to forget that their job is to allow the animal to pass into death, instead of seeking every avenue to keep the animal alive (and constantly running the animals to a veterinarian).. Having the wrong caregiver can be very expensive for animal shelter and it is understandable why an anima shelter would rather administer euthanasia than to place an animal into a home where the caregiver will only prolong the animal’s pain. You usually find these people conjugated on a social media page, being led by their own ignorance and self importance.
In all of the years that I worked in this profession, I only found two or three people who I could count on to be a hospice care provider. It takes a special person to be able to feel the animals pain and to accept the need to lead the animal home.