Animals

Woman Starts Dog Hospice for Abandoned Dogs

When she saw how many dogs were dying alone, she knew she had to do something to help.


Every day, thousands of people abandon their sick and aging pets. Sometimes they don't have the resources to care for them, or they just don't know what to do. The animals end up being abandoned and taken to shelters where they're euthanized or pass away naturally, without any loved ones around to comfort them. It's enough to break any animal lover's heart.

That's exactly what prompted 46-year-old Nicola Coyle to set up a hospice in her own home to care for sick and abandoned dogs in the last months of their lives.

Check out this sweet video of Coyle dancing with one of the dogs she rescued to help her relax...

Coyle started The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project after she started working as a volunteer at a local animal shelter in the UK. She was motivated to learn more about dogs and dog behavior after her daughter suffered a vicious dog bite, and she wanted to learn how to prevent dogs from biting children.

When Coyle was volunteering at the shelter, it started to really affect her when the older dogs would pass away there, far from the warmth, comfort and love of a real home.

"Whilst working at the kennels, the older dogs really got to me and one dog in particular, May, came from the pound and died after just one night at the rescue centre," Coyle wrote in a Facebook post . "I vowed to do as much as I could not to see another elderly dog die in that environment."

After Coyle retired from her nursing job she would go to shelters, pounds and other charities to rescue dogs that were too old or too sick and given no more than 6 months to live. With the help of her two children, she cares for the dogs in her own home and makes sure the last months of their lives are the best ever.

Among the list of "bucket list" items that Coyle (pictured below) provides for the animals are birthday parties, steak dinners, trips to the beach, stroller rides and many, many belly rubs. And when their time comes, Coyle cremates the dogs and buries them in a special plot near her home.

While it's always emotional for Coyle when the dogs pass away, she takes comfort in the fact that they had the love and care they needed at the end of their lives.

"It can be an utterly heartbreaking job, but someone has to do it," Coyle told InspireMore .

"I'm a complete animal lover and I just can't bear the thought of them spending their final days, weeks, or months without the love they deserve." - Nicola Coyle

While Coyle wishes she could take in all of the dogs that need homes, the care she provides is expensive. The costs of vet bills, cremation fees and basic food and necessities add up quickly, and she has been paying for them with her own money. She has started accepting donations and her dream is to raise enough money to build hospice center where she can house more dogs.

Many people praise Coyle and call her an "angel" for helping the older dogs in need, but she sees it differently.

"People comment that I'm an angel, which is definitely not true," she said. "The dogs are the angels. I'm just their advocate and guardian."

You can contribute to the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project by clicking here .

While Coyle's hospice is located in the UK, there are many animal hospices in the U.S. You can do a quick Google search to find one near you, or you can reach out to Lap of Love , a network of veterinarians that provide in-home, end-of-life care for aging animals.

(Source: images & video Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Facebook )

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