Lennox is a 10-year-old deaf boxer seeking hospice foster care. He was brought to us after being abandoned by his original owner. Lennox is an overall great dog who is eager to give and receive affection. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to Lennox. We’ve removed several rotten teeth and a mass from his left hind leg. Lennox is a happy guy but when looking at his numerous health issues we don’t believe he has more than a year left with us. Our staff would love to see Lennox enjoy the time he has left in a foster home instead of a kennel.

What is hospice care for dogs and cats?

Hospice for dogs and cats is a medically supervised, foster program that is dedicated to maintaining a comfortable life for terminally ill or senior pets until a natural death occurs or quality of life dictates the need for medical euthanasia.

Originally modeled after human hospice, this type of care is focused on the comfort of your foster pet, not on finding a cure for their illness or disease. Hospice care focuses specifically on managing symptoms and maintaining their happiness for as long as possible.

Hospice care may include but is not limited to…

  • Education about the end-stage disease process
  • Symptom management
  • Pain recognition and treatment
  • Environmental recommendations

Before you decide if hospice care is right for your family, there are some very important things to note.

***TRIGGER WARNING: If you are not in the right headspace to hear sensitive information, we encourage you to skip this section, as it might be upsetting.***

A truly “natural death” is not quick or painless. While some animals will simply close their eyes and not wake up, that’s rarely the case. Medical euthanasia does allow your pet the peace to “go to sleep and not wake up,” whereas Mother Nature doesn’t. The kind of natural death a pet will experience is dependent upon the primary disease the pet has been diagnosed with. For example, heart failure results in the lungs filling up with fluid, and therefore—please read this with caution—a pet drowning to death. In short, death occurs when the brain fails to receive adequate levels of oxygen. And as you can imagine, how this happens—isn’t an easy thing to witness. Please keep in mind that, while many families shy away from medical euthanasia, it provides a truly humane death that Mother Nature does not.

If you are interested in fostering this animal please email us at: [email protected]


Pet ID: 267190

Color: White

Gender: male

Approximate Age: 10 Years

Looks Like: Boxer mix

Mature Size: medium

Does Well With Other Dogs: meet-and-greet-required

Positive Cat Interaction: unknown

Does Well With Children: yes, all ages

Pet Location: Main Adoption Center

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