Imagine being elderly and alone, unsure of what will happen to you in your final days. Unfortunately, many sick and senior dogs in shelters who have been abandoned by their owners face this reality.
However, one lovely soul, retired nurse Nicola Coyne, has decided that something must be done to help them. As a result, she founded The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project. Nicola uses this project to adopt dying dogs who have been abandoned by their owners, ensuring that they can spend the rest of their lives feeling loved and cared for.
Nicola hails from Nottingham, England. She usually visits local shelters in the hopes of adopting two sick senior dogs at the same time. She looks for those who have a prognosis of six months or less to live in the majority of cases. The longest she’s ever had a dog was a year, and the shortest was for two weeks.
Nicola makes sure that these dogs “complete their bucket lists” during their time in her care, according to Metro. Puppy parties, beach trips, nice steak dinners, and McDonald’s ice creams are all examples of this.
“One charity she regularly helps said they ‘couldn’t be more grateful’ to Nicola, who has given some of their most desperate pets ‘love and care they have never received,” the Metro writes.
Nicola spends up to $610 on each dog. She uses her own funds as well as donations received through her nonprofit organization.
“I’m a total animal lover, and I can’t bear the thought of them going through their final days, weeks, or months without receiving the love they deserve. It can be difficult, but it’s so rewarding when you can make those times special,” Nicola said.
When the dogs pass away, Nicola has them cremated and buried in a special plot at her Nottingham home.
“It can be an utterly heartbreaking job,” she said, “but someone has to do it.”
“Nicola does an amazing job, taking in dogs when they’ve been kicked out by their owners right at the end of their lives — giving them the love and care most have never received previously in their lives,” said Joanne Snaith of Helping Yorkshire Poundies. “I am a huge fan of The Grey Muzzle Project’s work.”
Nicola estimates that she has taken in about 30 dogs and assisted them in their final days. And we have no doubt that this incredible woman will not be stopping anytime soon.
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