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May 28, 2019, Author: Contributor

For any one who has taken a walk through a shelter or pet rescue centre, you’ll know most of the runs are often filled with middle aged and older dogs, desperately awaiting a forever home of their own. Puppies are snatched up quickly, but the older dogs, and those with terminal illnesses or disabilities tend to be left behind – and some, shockingly, are abandoned by their families when they hit their golden years. One lady, in the UK, has taken it upon herself to create the equivalent of the “Reach for a Dream Foundation” for dogs – fulfilling the wishes of terminally-ill dogs from UK shelters.

48 Year old Nicola Harrison fulfils terminally-ill dogs’ “final wishes” and has taken them, amongst other things, down to the pub, to the beach for ice cream, on trips to McDonalds and for rides in police cars. 

Nicola was volunteering at a shelter when she started taking some of the most sickly dogs home, most of them strays, to save them from being put to sleep. This saw the start of the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project, which she runs from her home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

The organisation provides end of life care for abandoned dogs with terminal illnesses, taken from UK shelters, that have been deemed as having six months or less to live. She receives donations towards vet bills and cremations from hundreds of supporters online.

We all know dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate and a number of other human food products, so it is not recommended to treat all dogs with ice cream etc. The British Veterinary Association has said while it is “fine” to give a terminally-ill dog once-off human treats, this may not be the case for other pets with health conditions that might be exacerbated by consuming human food.


[Photo credits: Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice FB page]