(WBRE/WYOU-TV) When a human becomes terminally ill, they are often put on hospice — in the comfort of their own home — to live out their final days.
But many pet owners consider their furry friends members of the family and they want the same treatment for them as their other loved ones.
It’s a rare service to find… But in Northeast PA, Animal Hospice is available. Eyewitness News Reporter Haley Bianco has our story.
“The tail is going 240 mph, that’s love!” said Joe White
When man’s best friend gets too old… Too sick to wag that tail… Or to get out of bed… It’s time for you to step in.
Joe White remembers his dog “Callie” with a smile saying she lived a long, full life.
“The day came when she couldn’t get up. I couldn’t find a vet. Just by luck, I called Tracey’s hope.” White told us.
“Tracey’s Hope” is a nonprofit offering many pet resources– including animal hospice for cats and dogs.
“We started this program after our dog Tracey passed away.” Said Martin Kumor, Animal Hospice Coordinator
That was 14 years ago.
Since then, Martin Kumor and his wife Denise have helped dozens of families say goodbye to their pets in the comfort of their own homes.
“They came, they spent the whole day with us, and they even got the vet to come to help her go to rainbow’s bridge.” Said White
Dr. Mohamed Gad takes time away from his veterinarian hospital in Old Forge to make house visits.
When a pet is too sick to be transported, Dr. Gad will draw blood and perform tests in the comfort of their home.
When it’s time, Dr. Gad and the Kumor’s bring the euthanization process to homes in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.
Over the years, they’ve put down about 80 pets at home… Averaging about six per year.
“Let me tell you something. My girl went to sleep so peacefully.” Said White
“They are holding their baby themselves, we just take the arm, we put the tourniquets there, we shave a little bit of hair, we put the needle there, they feel absolutely nothing. It’s just a few seconds and he is resting in peace and is ok.” Said Dr. Gad. Of the Old Forge Animal Hospital
For pets who are too sick to travel, don’t like the car, or have anxiety about visiting the vet — animal hospice is a good alternative.
“When you come to a vet’s office… They remember the shots and everything else.” Said Marin Kumor.
“Animals are family members and you don’t want a family member in a hospital.” Denise Kumor
“They deserve no less than a human being does.” Added White
The Kumor’s keep in touch with the families after the pet passes. Making sure they are grieving okay… Checking in to see if they need extra help, and pointing them in the right direction for emotional support.
“They don’t ask for no money! They never asked me for a dime! All they were concerned with was the wellbeing of the animal.” Explained Joe White
The Kumor’s are there on their own time and Dr. Gad charges the same as he would for a hospital visit.
Dr. Gad also takes care of the cremation services… Bringing that information with him for the families.
“You feel like you did something good. Not only for the pet but also for the people themselves.” Said Dr. Gad.
Constant fundraising, the Kumor’s next goal is for “Tracey’s Hope” to foot the vet bills for their clients….
Giving the family more time to heal after their furry friend crosses rainbow’s bridge.
“They bring us so much joy! Why can’t we bring peace to them at the end?” said White
Tracey’s Hope” is holding its next fundraiser on December 15th at the Steamtown Mall in Scranton from noon to 5 pm.
Bring your dogs and get their picture with Santa Paws.
Learn more about Tracy’s Hope