hos·pice (hsps) n.
A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.

2. A program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient's home.

[French, from Old French, from Latin hospitium, hospitality, from hospes, hospit-, host; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.]

The term "hospice" (from the same linguistic root as "hospitality") can be traced back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers set upon a long journey.

Hospice of the Great St. Bernard, Swiss Alps 1875
Sharing a life with a pet is one of the graces the world affords us. We all know the special joy of the human-animal bond shared in a moment of communication, a silent gaze or the simple joy of companionship. However a life is shared also means that somewhere, at some moment an end to life must also be a shared experience.

Unfortunately not every family is prepared either emotionally or financially to provide for a pet’s care at the end of its life or for the pet’s continued care following the death of a human companion. For Paws Hospice provides a bridge to compassionate care that both humans and their companion pets may need as end of life approaches.

For Paws Hospice is dedicated to supporting the bond between human and animal companion by providing access to resources for veterinary care, nutrition, housing and quality of life services; and when life comes to a close making that moment as rich and as rewarding, as comfortable and free from fear as was the life shared to insure that the trust built over a lifetime of sharing will not be in the end, broken.