A common practice among the ill, hospices are now being offered to dying pets as a way to ensure they have a comfortable passing.
Today, a no-kill animal shelter known as MaxFund in Denver, Colorado, is offering a hospice program to ensure their dying animals have a last few good days courtesy of foster programs that allow the animals to be taken home and enjoy the best of life before they pass on, according to USA Today.
Roughly 15 volunteers sign up as foster families and provide luxury items such as grilled steak and constant attention and pet care to help the animals feel at peace. The volunteers feel they are doing a service when they notice the animals are at their happiest, which helps with the pain of losing the pet.
"Your consolation when you lose him, is you gave him the best you could," volunteer Tami Tanhoue told the news provider.
According to SpecialNeedsPets.org, pet owners can also provide hospice care to their furry friends before they’re either put to sleep or die peacefully. This could be a way to ensure the animal has a proper sendoff.