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Help for Animal Hospice Caregivers!

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BENEFITING: AHELP Project

ORGANIZER: AHELP Project

Michelle Nichols

THE STORY:

Welcome to AHELP Project’s fundraising page, and thank you for considering a donation toward our Animal Hospice Caregivers’ Support Program. We are proud to be one of the few nonprofits who offer emotional and spiritual assistance to families in the end-of-life journey with their animal companions.

Through support, tools, and resources, AHELP's mission is to empower caregivers to achieve the best quality of life for themselves and their animal companion once their goals of care shift from cure to comfort. Our system assists caregivers in greater Seattle as they build the plan they envision as the best ending for their pet and according to their family's values, goals and beliefs. We then encourage their healthy decision making when they feel the appropriate times come. Looking back, they realize they did the best they could and healing comes naturally and completely.  

Over the past six years, we have seen that there are many caregivers who don't have the budget to support the home care that well-trained hospice-oriented veterinarians offer, let alone the family support that could benefit them at this tender time. Even when they can indeed afford veterinary care for their homebound pet, often they don't have people close who understand what they are going through. Sometimes they haven't been through these challenges before and don't have a well-constructed plan to guide their animal family member’s end-of-life journey. This unfortunate position leads to questions like, "if only I knew my options and realized I had more time," or worse, "did I wait too long?" 

AHELP's caregiver support model seeks to overcome these barriers to care. Since May 2015, we have been developing a trained and managed team of "AHELPer" volunteers, who work alongside hospice-oriented housecall veterinarians and mental health professionals. Enlisting these volunteers, our model is scalable and made affordable to these needy caregivers and their families, for we want the same thing they do:  for their pet to be comfortable and happy until his or her very last day here. 

Once the focus has shifted from cure to comfort, caregivers rely upon top-notch animal hospitals whose practices are following national Guidelines for End-of-Life care published by the International Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Beginning with a team that includes a hospice-oriented housecall veterinarian, a mental health professional, and volunteers, AHELP Project’s Caregiver Support Program meets these standards of care.

We have been proving the success of our Comprehensive Care Home Visits well over a year now, and we now seek to overcome these obstacles to family care and animal welfare with your support. Please give to our fund today so we can reach our goal of $5,000 which will supply 25 needy families and their pets with comprehensive care through our Caregiver Support Program. Then they too, through planning and resources, can find that "path of least regrets" and readily heal from the pain that goes with the loss of their beloved animal companion.

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