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At the SPCA of Texas, we have the most amazing Foster Heroes who open their hearts and their homes to animals in need of love, care and shelter until they find their forever homes. We are also proud to have an elite group of special souls that take part in our Fospice program.
Because we rescue thousands of animals from cruelty situations every year, we often take in animals that have illnesses or conditions that our veterinarians know these sweet, innocent creatures will eventually succumb to. In the meantime, they have the potential to live their last days, weeks, months or even years happy and cared for in a loving home. Our veterinarians designate these animals for Fospice and reach out to our fosters to see if anyone would be willing to take them in for however long they have left before crossing the rainbow bridge. Few people are equipped to face the eventual heartbreak, but a few bright souls have recognized that the happiness they can bring through Fospice makes the inevitable worth it.
“All you need is love and patience and understanding that their last days hours,days, weeks, months or years is what they’ll take with them over the bridge. It is a absolute uplifting, joyous and wonderful experience and I would never trade it or do anything else. I would say the most important thing is to live in the moment- don’t anticipate or grieve for the future but enjoy and give them as much love as you can.”
“For me, I don’t think anything. I have a fospice, Roy, and he’s super sweet. You would never know he’s sick. When he does pass, it will comfort my heart knowing I loved him till his last day.”
“I was lucky enough to provide a fospice home to a sweet little 10 year old dog, Jack, who had a series of heart problems. I knew almost nothing about fospice, but I decided to do it anyway because I fell in love with sweet Jack. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly in September. Losing him was hard, especially because it seemed so sudden and our time together was shorter than I expected, but I would absolutely go back and be his fospice mom again. Having him in my home was an incredible blessing and I can’t imagine not having had him in my life. The only thing I wish that I had known is that I had known about fospice sooner.”
” I don’t know that many go into fospice the first time knowing what to expect. We certainly didn’t, and reflecting on it, we couldn’t have prepared much anyway. Herman was our absolute first, prior to Keller starting the SPCA of Texas’ program. He taught us that “lifetime” is defined differently for each animal, each circumstance, each caretaker. What we learned is that lifetime is not defined by hours or days, but by moments in the animal’s life that they know they are loved and cared for. If we do nothing else, that’s the prime objective. Blessings to all that are willing to give a piece of their heart and lives to a dog or cat or other animal in their final moments, be it 25 months or 25 minutes.”
“For me, it’s learning all I can about their health issue(s) and being very aware of the nuances of that. We are their voice when working with the medical staff. I love helping them be the happiest, best version of themselves they can be each day they have. Sure, I know the outcome but I don’t dwell on it, just take it one day at a time. In the end, it’s knowing we have provided a loving haven for an animal who otherwise might not get to experience that. Carl is the silliest, happiest, most affectionate goof ball and we love him so much. Would I do it all over again? In a New York minute.”
“Sometimes it hits us that he won’t be around forever, but we take comfort in the good life and immense love we give him every day. And when it’s his time, we will be able to welcome another fospice kitty into our home & hearts.”
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