Hospital Patients can get foster care for their Pets

Patients who have no one to look after their pets during hospital stays don’t have to worry about Fido or Kitty. A charitable organization called Zachary’s Paws for Healing will take care of the animals. It’s all thanks to a network of 24 volunteers who provide full time care — and to partnerships with PetSmart Charities of Canada, the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, the dog and cat food company Royal Canin, and Ren’s Pet Depot. The foster pets are provided with “everything from food and socialization to vet care and grooming. Partnering means these pets get the best care, according to founder Donna Jenkins and patients can get the medical care they need and focus on getting better without worrying about their pets. Zachary’s Paws has so far fostered 1,206 pets for 500 hospital patients (many have more than one pet). Zachary’s Paws fosters pets for patients in all area hospitals. It also arranges hospital pet visits — whether in foster care or not — at Juravinski, the General and St. Peter’s hospitals in Hamilton. It also arranges visits at St. Joseph Hospital’s West 5th campus on the Mountain. The visits are expanding to Dunnville in January……Ed
Source: Carmela Fragomeni / Photo:Jaxhumane

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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