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What is Pet Peace of Mind

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Pets provide their owners with unconditional love and acceptance. They offer stability, routine and a sense of normalcy during life’s difficult transitions. In January 2015, the Barrington team launched the first Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM) program in Illinois. This ground-breaking national program makes it possible for hospice patients to keep their pets at home with them during their end-of-life journey.

Pet Peace of Mind volunteers receive special training, so they can help patients care for their pet throughout their illness.

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Dog walking
  • Delivering pet food
  • Removal of pet waste and clean-up
  • Transporting animals to the veterinarian, groomer, etc.

It all sounds very basic—and it is!—but there are some components to this kind of care that require additional training and guidance. If you love animals and are interested in becoming a Pet Peace of Mind volunteer, please join us for a PPOM Training on Friday, February 12, at the Pepper Family Hospice CareCenter in Barrington or Thursday, February 25, at the Glenview Administrative Office. This class will also be offered through GoToWebinar for any volunteers who wish to join us remotely. Please RSVP on www.MyVolunteerPage.com by clicking the Opportunities tab, select Pet Peace of Mind Training, which is listed under Orientation and Training. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Amy O’Donnell at aodonnell@journeycare.org or (224) 770-2412.

 

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