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July 2020
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From The Heart

2020 has been filled with unprecedented challenge, yet our hearts are full with the knowledge that our partners have risen to the challenge and have continued to care for their patients’ pets in thoughtful and innovative ways.
 
Even with the challenges of social distancing, partners have been checking in on patients and their pets by making weekly phone calls to ensure all their pet assistance needs are met.  They have continued to transport pets to veterinarian visits, drop off food, and rehome pets whose owners have passed away.
 
We are delighted to welcome several new partners to the Pet Peace of Mind family. With quarantines in place nationwide, many hospices have used this time to train for and integrate Pet Peace of Mind into their organizations.  When restrictions are lifted, they look forward to being able to fully engage their volunteers in new and exciting ways. 
 
We hope this newsletter finds you and your furry family members healthy and well.  As always, we are grateful for your unending support.
 
With Gratitude,
Dianne McGill
President/Founder

Peggy Sue Finds Love

This beautiful love story from our partner, Cornerstone Hospice, tells the tale of a match made in heaven and demonstrates the beauty of finding true love late in life.  This love story was orchestrated by PPOM Volunteer Shirley Otten who scheduled many meetings to make this happen.  THANK YOU, Shirley!

My name is Peggy Sue, and I’m a 15 year old lab mix dog going blind in one eye and I have bad teeth.  I was alone for weeks in my home, as my dad was sick and in hospice with Cornerstone.  A nice neighbor who loves my dad and me came to feed me and walk me once each day. 

My dad died and a kind volunteer from Cornerstone Hospice came to see me.  They needed to find someone to care for me.  Who wants an old dog like me?  I was a little afraid no one would want me.  When someone came to see me, I was hesitant to come out from under the kitchen table. I’d been all alone for a long time and missed my dad terribly.

Lisa from Cornerstone Hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind program received a call from Margie, a long-time volunteer who had always wanted to help with pets. Lisa asked her to come and see me, and we fell in love.  I knew she loved me instantly, but she’s 85 and was a bit hesitant to love me back since she thought she might be too old or too weak to handle me. 

Fortunately for both of us, she decided to adopt me. First Margie and her son took me to the vet. They gave me love and made sure I was healthy. I was so thrilled to be part of her family that when she put me in the back seat, I jumped into the front so I could sit on her lap!  Her son drove us to my new home and I have not left her side since.  She pets and loves me so much it makes me happy to be together.  And she feels so lucky to have me!  

LOVE IS SO GOOD.... Thank you Cornerstone Hospice Pet Peace of Mind! 
 
Peggy Sue

Loving Tribute Helps Pets In Need

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you, along with our deepest sympathies to Gail Lapham. Gail recently lost her husband Bill and set up a memorial in his name, naming Pet Peace of Mind as the recipient. Gail and her caring friends have already raised over $1300.

Bill’s father was a veterinarian, so his love of animals started at a young age and never diminished through his life. He and his wife adopted many dogs over the years, including ones that were in their senior years. The health issues Bill faced over the last five years were extensive. He was confined to a chair for most of that time. His animals’ undying and selfless love helped get him through those hard years. He played with them, fed them and slept with them. They put a smile on his face and in his heart.
 
Gail chose Pet Peace of Mind as the recipient of their memorial donations because of the unconditional love pets provide and her wish to keep patients and pets together. “I know that if Bill had not had Sadie and Gus during all his medical issues, he would have passed much sooner. We were in much the same environment as hospice or a convalescent hospital, actually worse. It was just he and I for a lot of years. People stopped coming to visit. Sadie, Gus and I were his only companions. The worst thing any person who has an animal faces when they get older is who will take care of their best friend? Their pet is usually the only companion they have had for years. Pet Peace of Mind supplies patients with a reason to live and someone to love. Such a gift is nothing short of a blessing. We need to get this program in so many more areas.”
 
Thank you, Gail, for your understanding of the program’s role in the lives of patients with strong pet bonds. Your compassion about our work is a tremendous gift you have made during a time when your heart is hurting over Bill’s loss. Please know that the entire Pet Peace of Mind family sends our love during your time of need.

Pet Peace of Mind Welcomes New Board Member

Pet Peace of Mind is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcie Whichard to the board of directors.
 
Marcie is currently the Vice President for Professional and Community Relations at NAVC.  Prior to that she was the Vice President, Industry and Public Affairs for Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.  A seasoned professional with broad U.S. and global experience, including internal & external corporate communications, community outreach, crisis management, message development, brand management, advocacy, ally development, and budget accountability.

Prior to leading the animal care initiatives at Petco, Marcie was the Vice President of Operations for the West Coast with P&L responsibility for $870M in annual sales revenue from 300 retail units.  In this role she co-developed company business imperatives to align with company strategy.   

“We are delighted to welcome an accomplished professional to our board,” said Dianne McGill, President of Pet Peace of Mind.  “As a long-time supporter of Pet Peace of Mind’s work, she will be an excellent addition to further our continued growth and expansion plans.”

Welcome Marcie!

WellHaven Wag-n-Walk

We are honored to announce that we have been selected by WellHaven Pet Health as the charity recipient for a fun promotion that will raise money for Pet Peace of Mind simply by walking your dog.

WellHaven has partnered with an app-based organization called Wooftrax. Wooftrax allows businesses such as WellHaven to provide their communities with an opportunity to raise money for charities by walking their dogs! This challenge is known as the WellHaven Wag-n-Walk.
 
WellHaven will be promoting the following at their SW Washington locations:

  • Each registered walker is offered a free exam.
  • Every walk recorded earns 10 cents for Pet Peace of Mind (Donated by WellHaven).
  • If a registered walker signs up for a Care Companion Plan at one of their hospitals in SW Washington, 50% of their enrollment fee is donated to a charity of their choice.
  • Walkers are eligible to win donations to a charity of their choice, WellHaven walking items, and a free Care Companion Plan!

This challenge began on July 8th, 2020, and will run for a total of 100 days. 
 
For more information, please go to https://wellhaven.com/wooftrax/
 
What a fun way support patients and pets!  If you live in SW Washington, please join the challenge!

Welcome New Partners

In the last few months, we’ve been delighted to welcome the following organizations to the Pet Peace of Mind family. 
 

 

Avow Hospice, Naples, FL
https://avowcares.org/
 

 

Center for Hospice Care, Mishawaka, IN
https://cfhcare.org/

 

 

 

Hospice of Rockingham County, Wentworth, NC
https://www.hospiceofrockinghamcounty.com/

 

 

 

Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
https://www.hospicewr.org/

Thank You Petco Foundation!

 


We would like to extend a big thank you to Petco Foundation for their recent grant of $2500.  This investment will help extend our expansion efforts and serve the Petco Foundation’s mission to raise the quality of life for pets and people who love and need them. 

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