SAVANNAH, GA, (September 9, 2014) – They say having an animal as a companion adds years to your life. This is definitely the case for Ossabaw Island’s matriarch, Mrs. Eleanor (Sandy) West and her dog, Toby, who are featured in Hospice Savannah’s 2015 Pet calendar. From the point of view of Toby the Jack Russell, he shares how proud he is that his Mom, Mrs. West, is 102-years-old. A Hospice Savannah nurse takes a short boat ride over to the magical barrier island to visit them every week.
Christy Fulcher, coordinator of the not-for-profit hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind © program believes that it’s not just the patient who needs compassionate care, but each member of the family. The Pet Peace of Mind© program helps Hospice Savannah families stay together. Staff and volunteers can now extend their compassion to animals by providing pet food and cat litter; pet walking; routine veterinary care and grooming; transportation; foster care; and assistance with finding a “forever home” if the family cannot keep the pet after the patient’s death.
For the second year Hospice Savannah is offering a Pet Calendar to highlight the program’s scope and raise additional funds. Even with funding from Amie’s Place Foundation, a start-up grant from Banfield Charitable Trust, assistance from partners Case Veterinary Hospital and TailsSpin Pet Food and Accessories and from the many groomers, boarders and veterinarians who have discounted their fees, more funding is needed to keep this program going. The 2015 Pet Calendar sales should help.
Utilizing many images from Hospice Savannah volunteer and retired orthopedic surgeon, Les Wilkes, the calendar features patients and families impacted by the Pet Peace of Mind© program, as well as several of the hospice’s Hug-a-Pet volunteers.
For more information, contact:
Beth Logan, Director of Marketing
Phone: 912.355.2289 or cell: 912.351.9586