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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You never know what’s going to float over the transom in the Interworld….This just in from Banfield Charitable Trust in Portland, OR.

One of the most difficult parts of dying is saying goodbye to those you love most. Many hospice patients must part with their beloved pets because they have no one to help with pet care and expenses. Some pets are left homeless when the patient dies. Banfield Charitable Trust’s hospice patient/pet support program, Pet Peace of Mind, provides non-profit hospices with resources and funding to help hospice patients care for their pets. Over the past eight months, over 100 hospices have contacted us and are interested in starting the program for their patients. To find out more about Pet Peace of Mind, visit www.petpeaceofmind.org

We have been selected to compete for a $250,000 grant from Pepsi as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project. HELP HOSPICE PATIENTS KEEP THEIR PETS is our project name in the Pepsi competition. Winners are decided by an online voting process and your vote will help us secure a $250,000 grant. Thousands of hospice patients and pets will benefit from this important program for this grant would provide funding for more than one-third of interested hospices in 2010. To find out more about the Pepsi Refresh Project, visit www.refresheverything.com

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Vote for our project every day in April. Ask your family to vote. Tell all your friends to vote. Use blogs, Facebook and Twitter to spread the word. It only takes 3 minutes to register. And to save you even more time, there are sign-up tips on our web page at www.banfieldcharitabletrust.org/bark


This entry was posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 at 4:06 pm by Laurel Babcock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Animal care, Animal safety, Cats, Dogs



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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.

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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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