According to the ASPCA, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year. A large number of those dogs are seniors who have been abandoned in their final days.
In a story on DogDispatch.com, a woman in the United Kingdom decided to do something about that. Nicola Coyle runs the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project which is dedicated to providing dogs who have six months or less to live the love and care they need. They get delicious meals such as fast food and steak in their last days. And instead of dying alone in a kennel, they’re treated like royalty.
“It can be an utterly heartbreaking job. But I just can’t bear the thought of them spending their final moments without the love they deserve.” Coyle said. “We’ll also take them down to the local pub – it’s really dog-friendly, and they’ll get a steak dinner too. Many have not led a very nice life too, used for breeding or guard dogs, so when they’ve become unwell, they’re not useful anymore and left.”
Coyle says that she spends up to $500 on each dog to give them the best there is for the short amount of time they have left. Most of the money comes from her pocket, but she holds different fundraisers as well. Some people also donate to the project on PayPal. If you’d like to donate, click here: https://greymuzzle.z2systems.com/np/clients/greymuzzle/donation.jsp?campaign=44&