Community Hospice & Palliative Care is planning its inaugural Bow Wow Walk 2021, presented by Pet Paradise. This month-long walk, marathon challenge is a benefit for the Community Hospice & Palliative Care pet programs.
The goal is to help patients with advanced illness keep their pets at home, and the pet assistance program can help with nearly all the responsibilities of pet ownership.
Specially trained volunteers visit patients at home to provide care for their pets, including feeding, dog walking and litter box changing. Volunteers deliver complimentary pet food and supplies, arrange transportation for pets to and from veterinary and grooming appointments, and provide prescription medications and flea, tick and heartworm treatments as the need is identified.
Because of this program, elderly hospice patients can continue to enjoy the companionship of the animals they love without worry.
“At Pet Paradise, we know how special pets are, and they play an integral part of our families,” said Pet Paradise President and CEO Fernando Acosta-Rua. “We are honored to support this fundraiser that provides much-needed assistance to Community Hospice & Palliative Care patients and gives companion pets the care they need while allowing them to stay with their beloved owners.”
The pet therapy program is one way Community Hospice & Palliative Care brings comfort and compassion to patients and families. Pet therapy teams visit patients at Community Hospice Centers for Caring – or wherever they call home.
This program benefits patients by reducing stress, increasing sensory stimulation and relief from pain. Studies have shown that pets can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages.
Kickoff was “Love Your Pet Day” on Saturday, Feb. 20. The fundraiser ends on March 20.
People can participate as an individual or team. Family members and friends pledge support for walkers and the programs. Throughout the month-long challenge awards will be announced, including “Participant that Walked the Most,” “Best Furry Companion Photo,” “Team that Raised the Most Money” and many more.
For more information or to get registered go to BowWow.CommunityHospice.com or call 904-886-3883.