End-of-life Care for Pets
When our pets are reaching the end of their lives, it can be very confusing to know what to do. Their quality of life is declining, and you are grieving that a part of your family is about to leave. When the time comes, there are many resources available to help during this difficult time.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
– Winnie The Pooh
At-Home Euthanasia and Body Care
While it is a hard decision to make, we have the ability to end suffering by offering humane euthanasia. If your pet is facing a terminal illness or reaching the end of its life due to old age, a kind and low-stress option to consider are in-home euthanasia. A licensed veterinarian will come to your home and administer pain control drugs, then give you all the time you need to say goodbye while your pet is resting peacefully. The veterinarian will then administer the euthanasia drug, and your pet will pass away in his or her sleep. Your pet will be much more relaxed and comfortable in their own home, with family and other pets nearby, while also giving family members the chance to grieve privately.
We recommend the following local veterinarians for in-home euthanasia:
Peaceful Partings (719) 205-6003 www.peacefulpartings.com
Transitions In-Home Pet Euthanasia (719) 309-7270 www.transitionscolorado.vet
If your pet passes away at home, you can arrange to take your pet to Homeward Bound to be cremated, or call them to schedule a home pick-up. They can pick-up from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. In addition to dogs and cats, Homeward Bound is also able to cremate farm animals like horses, pigs, snakes, llamas, alpacas, big cats, mini horses, deer, and goats.
Additionally, Homeward Bound can supply a certified video recording of your pet’s private cremation or a quiet observation room which is available for pet parents who wish to witness their family member’s cremation.
Pet Loss Support Groups
Homeward Bound is proud to sponsor monthly pet loss support meetings for pet parents in the Pikes Peak region and along the Front Range. These meetings are free, open to the public, and are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The meetings are facilitated by Dana Durrance, M.A., a veterinary grief specialist. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to (719) 636-1036.
After your pet passes away, there are many ways to remember them. When a pet is euthanized at Dublin, we ask if the client wants a paw or wing clay print. There is no charge for a clay print, and you can customize the print before baking it at home.
If you elect to have your pets remains cremated with Homeward Bound, the ashes will be returned to a beautiful hand carved wooden box or an urn of your choice. Ashes are usually returned to the hospital within 2-4 days. You can keep the ashes, release them at your pet’s favorite spot, bury the ashes when planting a new tree, create cremation jewelry pendants or gems, or bury them at home. If you do not want your pet’s ashes returned, or if cost is a concern, you can elect for your pet’s ashes to be scattered on a private ranch.
It can also be comforting to see pictures of your pet after they have passed. You can create memorial books or picture albums, frame your pet’s pictures, or try painting them. Painting with a Twist offers Paint Your Pet events where you can submit a picture of your pet, they will sketch it on canvas, then coach you to complete the painting.
Colorado Springs also has pet cemeteries for those who are not cremated. Pet Rest Memorial Park and Crematory has a seven-acre pet cemetery located on Highway 115 south of Colorado Springs.