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May 2021
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From The Heart

We are often asked how long it takes to begin making a difference once a program is up and running.  One of our newer Heartland Hospice partners in Davenport, IA demonstrated that results can be immediate!  Only a few weeks into their program, their newly established Pet Peace of Mind team was able to provide this gift of love to one of their patients.

“My name is Ghost.  I’m 3 years old and was given to my mom when I was a kitten. We were homeless for most of my life. My mom finally moved us into a little apartment.  When her back broke, she had to go to the hospital. They found out that she had cancer and was paralyzed from the waist down. She said she wanted care from Heartland Hospice because of their Pet Peace of Mind program, knowing that someone would take care of me now that she can’t. The PPOM volunteers took me to see my mom a few times. It was hard on me because I was so scared and would always hide when they came to get me. My mom decided that it would be best if I stayed at a foster home instead, where she knew I would have wonderful care. It took me awhile to adjust but after a few weeks of getting lots of love and attention, I love it there!  I have fun climbing my cat condos and playing with lots of toys.  My mom is in a nursing home now and we are so blessed that they let me visit.  My mom missed me so much and was so happy to have me spend the night and sleep with her again. Last week I stayed all week and that worked very well! My mom is grateful she can have me there for comfort for her last days.”

Thanks to our generous supporters, we are able to continue bringing this program to hospices and home health agencies all over the country.  Thank you for joining us on this loving journey.

With Gratitude,

Dianne McGill
President

Love Stories Campaign

Have you adopted a pet through Pet Peace of Mind?  If so, this is your chance to help us by telling your story.  Now through September 20, Petco Love (formerly the Petco Foundation) invites you to share your Petco Love Story for a chance to earn a Holiday Wishes grant award. 

Winners will be announced during the holiday season. Winning adopters will receive a Petco shopping spree, BOBS from Skechers shoes AND the organization they adopted from will receive up to $100,000 in lifesaving grant awards!

To qualify, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older or complete the application process with guardian consent.
- Submit a story about a pet that is currently living.
- Submit a story about a pet that was adopted through a local Pet Peace of Mind program or through a shelter or rescue handling adoptions for a local Pet Peace of Mind program.

Here are a few pointers on how to submit a winning story.

  • The goal of Petco Love’s campaign is to show how human lives are changed by the bond with their adopted pet.  Focus your submission on how your life was changed through the adoption of your pet.  If you have submitted your story in the past but didn’t win, try again! Try to rewrite your story focusing on how your pet impacted or changed your life.
  • You must submit the story yourself.  If you have the hospice you adopted from submit it for you, it will not be considered.

To apply go to: https://holidaywishes.smapply.io/prog/petcolovestories/

Pet Peace of Mind Welcomes New Board Member

Pet Peace of Mind is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Marcantonio to the board of directors.

Ben is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. He joined NHPCO in October 2020, bringing 30 years of leadership experience in educational, healthcare, and social service settings. Prior to joining the NHPCO senior leadership team, Ben was with Hospice of the Chesapeake where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer (2015-2020) and Chief Operating Officer (2013-2015). Prior to relocating to Maryland in 2013, he served as Chief Administrative Officer at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine.  He holds an MS in Counseling from San Diego State University, an ME in Administrative Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

“We are delighted to welcome an experienced industry professional to our board,” said Dianne McGill, President of Pet Peace of Mind. “As a seasoned hospice executive and an avid pet lover, Ben will be an excellent addition to further our continued growth and expansion plans.”

Welcome, Ben!

Pet Peace of Mind is delighted to welcome 28 new partners thus far in 2021.  This means each year at least 560 more pets and families will get the love and care they need to maintain their loving bond.

Pet Peace of Mind is on track to have a record number of partners launched in a single year, which will move us toward our goal of partnering with 50% of hospices in the United States by 2025.

Elite Hospice
Searcy, AR
https://lhcgroup.com/locations/elite-hospice-searcy/

ViaQuest
West Lafayette, IN
https://www.viaquestinc.com/

HopeWest
Grand Valley, Delta, Montrose, Plateau Valley, Meeker, CO
https://www.hopewestco.org/

Heartland Hospice Care
Madison, WI
https://www.heartlandhospice.com/Madison

McLaren Hospice
Davison, Port Huron, Bay City, Lansing, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Rogers City, MI
https://www.mclaren.org/main/hospice

Ascend Health
Riverside CA, Overland Park KS, Marlborough MA, Lee's Summit MO, Rahway NJ, Lansdale PA, Glen Allen VA
http://www.ascendhealth.com/

Kaiser Permanente Hospice
Portland, OR
https://www.kpnwvolunteer.org/hospice

Christus VNA Hospice and Palliative Care - San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
https://lhcgroup.com/locations/christus-vna-hospice-san-antonio/

Baptist Hospice - Golden Triangle
Columbus, MS
https://lhcgroup.com/locations/baptist-hospice-golden-triangle/

Alabama Hospice Care of Jasper
Jasper, AL
https://lhcgroup.com/locations/alabama-hospice-care-of-jasper/

University of Tennessee Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care
Knoxville, TN
https://lhcgroup.com/locations/university-of-tennessee-medical-center-hospice-services-of-knoxville/

Endless Journey Hospice
Omaha, NE
https://www.endlessjourneyhospice.com/

Happy Anniversary!

Our partners do exceptional work caring for their patients and including their pets in their circle of care.  Congratulations to our partners celebrating anniversaries with Pet Peace of Mind in May and June, especially Hospice of Green Country in Tulsa, OK.






13 Years

Hospice of Green Country was our pilot partner for the Pet Peace of Mind program and helped us develop the concept into something other hospices could adapt and execute for their patients.  Congratulations on this important milestone and thank you for your willingness to work side-by-side with us as we developed this into a national model!

11 Years

  • Hospice of Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge, LA
10 Years
  • Hamilton Medical Center Hospice – Dalton, GA
  • Hospice Austin – Austin, TX
  • Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care – Pueblo, CO
  • Iowa City Hospice – Iowa City, IA
9 Years
  • Nathan Adleson Hospice – Las Vegas, NV
  • Hospice Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
  • Hospice Chautauqua County – Lakewood/Jamestown, NY
  • Adventist Hospice – Portland, OR
7 Years
  • Community Hospice of NE Florida – Jacksonville, FL
6 Years
  • Hospice of Acadiana – Lafayette, LA
  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center – Wilmington, SC
4 Years
  • Lumina Hospice – Corvallis, OR
  • Comanche County Memorial Hospital – Lawton, OK
  • The Community Hospice – Rensselaer, NY
  • Hospice of the Valley – Decatur, AL
3 Years
  • Hospice of the Northwest – Mt Vernon, WA
  • Joliet Area Community Hospice – Joliet, IL
  • Carolina Caring – Newton, NC
2 Years
  • Interim Healthcare of the Twin Cities – Roseville, MN
1 Year
  • Center for Hospice Care – Mishawka, IN
  • Hospice of Rockingham County – Wentworth, NC
Pet Peace of Mind is a community that understands the relationship humans have with their pets at the deepest level. We see ourselves in the way we love our pets. Our well-being is tied to our pets’ well-being. We are driven to preserve that bond for others. We will always reject the idea that a pet is “just a pet.”

Ours is the community that delivers a stack of hay to a farmer who can no longer haul it to his hungry horses. We bring a patient’s dog to his bedside to ensure they are together in his last moments.

We go to any length to preserve the profound connection between pets and their people when they need each other most.
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