At San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, we know that pets are family. That is why we are proud to partner with Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM), a national program implemented in various cities across the U.S., which enables hospice patients and their pets to stay together throughout the patients’ end of life journeys. PPOM aims to help hospice patients who are unable to care for their pets because of financial and/or physical disability. San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is the first hospice program in San Diego County to provide this service to its patients.
PPOM began with a grant from Banfield Charitable Trust and is funded entirely through charitable contributions. With the generous help of volunteers, donors, and community partners, we are able to provide essential services such as limited vet care, grooming, pet food, dog walking and more. To learn more about the national Pet Peace of Mind project, view the Banfield Chartitable Trust video here.
To donate to the Pet Peace of Mind program click here, call 619-278-6451 or send a check payable to San Diego Hospice Foundation and note “Pet Peace of Mind” in the memo field. You may mail the check to San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.
SDHIPM’s goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life for our patients. By keeping patients and their pets together at this critical time in patients’ lives, we are able to provide peace of mind when it’s needed the most.
For many of our patients, their pets are their sole source of companionship. Pets don’t care what you look like and they don’t care about your physical limitations. They provide unconditional love and a sense of normalcy during the end of life process. It’s so rewarding to be able to play a small part in maintaining this important bond between patients and their pets.
--Aimee Davis, Pet Peace of Mind Volunteer Coordinator