To celebrate the life of a special pet lover, Nathan Adelson Hospice is proud to announce the formation of Paws For Paul – The Paul Ames Pet Therapy Program.
Paul Ames, brother of actor and comedian Brad Garrett, was a passionate advocate for animals, especially the dogs he cared for during his life. To honor his memory, Garrett and Nathan Adelson Hospice are creating a program that enhances the services the hospice provides to those in its care and their furry friends.
“After such a devastating loss, it was important to me to find a way to honor my brother, Paul. Working together with my family at Nathan Adelson Hospice, we developed this incredible program,” said Garrett. “My brother took so much comfort from his dogs during his life and all the way through his illness. I am overjoyed that his memory will live on in a way that will help so many others like him and the animals that bring them comfort.”
Nathan Adelson Hospice has always recognized the soothing power pets provide to those in the final stages of their journey of life. Our pet therapy program offers comfort to patients through:
- Bedside pet therapy visits in both inpatient units as well as nursing homes
- Dog walking for in-home patients
- Cat litter box changes for a healthy environment for in-home patients
- Pet waste cleanup in patients’ homes and yards
- Bathing and grooming in the home
- Annual pet supply drive for shelters, where many of our pet therapy dogs come from
- Hosting monthly Rainbow Bridge pet loss support group
- Assisting (when possible) in fostering or finding forever homes for pets when a patient has no other arrangements for the pet after their passing
Funds generated from the Paws For Paul program will allow Nathan Adelson Hospice to increase the depth of those services currently provided, as well as being able to purchase items and services for patients such as:
- Food for in-home patients’ cats or dogs as needed
- Cat litter, litter supplies for in-home patients’ cats as needed
- Vet care for small needs (nail trims, medications, vaccinations, etc.)
- Spaying and neutering if needed (state law requires it)
- ID tags and micro-chipping patients’ pets as needed
- Humane euthanasia (in emergencies only)
As the program grows, Nathan Adelson Hospice will look to increase the services and may one day be able to fulfill an often-discussed goal of providing hospice care for pets – one more facet of its vision that no one – even those with four legs – should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.