Animals

Woman Creates Dog Hospice, Makes Sure Their Final Days Are The Best Days

Dogs can give unconditional love that many of us have felt and enjoyed, as these amazing creatures define friendship and loyalty better than humans.

They have a good nature and make ideal companions, providing plenty of joy and love, and they deserve the same.

Yet, when they get old or sick, many of their owners leave them in animal shelters to be euthanized or die alone, and some even kick their pets out onto the streets.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that about 2.6 million dogs and cats were euthanized by animal shelters across the U.S in 2011.

This number has been decreased in recent years to about 1.5 million, but we could definitely do better.

Fortunately, there are still people who cannot stand such cruelty, and one of these, the 46-year-old Nicola Coyle, decided to set up a hospice in her home and cater for sick and abandoned dogs.

This retired nurse goes to shelters, pounds, and other charities, and rescues dogs that are either too old or too sick and are given no more than 6 months to live.

The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project has been running out of her home for several years now, and last year she made it an official project.

With the help of her children, she takes in two dogs at a time and loves them and cares for them like no one before.

The dogs get attention, cuddles, and ruffles roll all day long and receive ice-cream muzzles, doggy treats, pub outings, steak dinners, and birthday parties.

Nicola claims she enjoys every single moment, even though it is an utterly heartbreaking job. She makes sure the dogs spend their final days, weeks or months with the love they deserve.

Each of these dogs has a different story, but Nicola believes most of the dying dogs are abandoned by owners unwilling to pay for expensive vets bills or are 'working dogs' no longer considered useful.

One charity she regularly helps claims that they are extremely grateful to her as she loves and cares for the most desperate dogs.

She spends about £500 on each dog, from her savings and funds raised from donations to her project, which cover the medical bills, bucket lists, and transportation of the dogs to her home, as well as the parties, treats, outings, and accessories.

When the dogs die, she buries them in her backyard garden or has them cremated. She says that 20 dogs are buries in her garden, as well as her parents' garden, and some of them are cremated.

If the dogs stay much longer than anticipated, she always keeps them for as long as they hold on.

As she does not know their birthdays, she makes sure every dog has a birthday party in her home, and she takes them for a day at the seaside, they get fish and chips on the beach and ice cream.

She also takes the dogs to the local pub, and they get a steak dinner too.

Nicola claims that her children, Harry and Olivia, aged 14 and 15, along with her friend, Lisa Emmans, are her greatest support, as she gets emotional every time a dog leaves her.

Joanne Snaith, from Helping Yorkshire Poundies, says that Nicola does an amazing job by rescuing dogs that have been kicked out by their owners at the very end of their lives.

She adds that she admires the work of The Grey Muzzle Project, as rescuing is a difficult and never-ending hard work. Moreover, Nicola has to put herself through the emotional wringer with every dog.

Saying goodbye to a dog can be a heartbreaking experience not everyone can handle, but this woman has decided to go through it all numerous times, just to make sure the abandoned dogs spend their final days living life to the fullest.

Her project has saved numerous British dogs from miserable endings, so if you want to find out more about it and donate, visit them on Facebook.

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Man Buys Stranger's Groceries When Overhearing Her Tell Her Daughter They Can't Afford To Eat That Night

Kindness is within us all

A man has recently been getting attention online for his inspiring act. One night, while he was minding his own business, he was confronted with a family in need. He had two options. He could have done the same thing everyone else did in the store and let them figure it out for themselves, or he could be their hero that day and help them out within his means.

The thing is, the man didn't have much money himself, and he was working two jobs to support himself and his kid. Here's how he decided on what to do.

Meet Bear, A Man Who Works Double Shifts To Live

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It was a day like most for Bear, as he had just pulled two fourteen-hour shifts in a row and needed some food, but had no energy left to make it. He writes this on a post on Facebook and explains that this actually didn't turn out to be like most days: I stopped by the grocery store to grab food for dinner and as I was checking out a woman started crying in the next checkout line."

Bear listened in on the conversation between a mother and her daughter, and it was heartbreaking.

The Little Girl Asked Her Mom Why She Was Crying

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At first, it's easy to assume the mom is just having a bad day, maybe she got into a fight with her husband or is tired from looking after her kid. As he listened in, ge overheard the girl ask her mom what was wrong, as she continued to stand crying in the lane right next to hers.

"Her daughter asked her what's wrong and she all she could say was, 'we can't afford to eat tonight.''" These are the words that no parent wants to imagine ever needing to say to their child, who depends on them just to live. Yet, it is the unfortunate case for many.

Food Insecurity Is A Real Problem

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Food insecurity is a problem for many families across the country. This problem has gotten even worse with the pandemic as many families who relied on their small businesses had to shut down and couldn't make do anymore.

Even then, this problem existed before the pandemic and still continues today. In fact, the U.S Department of Agriculture reports that 10.5 percent (13.8 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2020 and this number is unchanged from 2019.

This Time It Would Be Different

Bear and son take selfie in the city with red masks on

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For a lot of food-insecure families, they simply would have had to walk out of that grocery store empty-handed, with a kid possibly going to bed hungry that night. For this mom, kindness was in the cards, At first, another person who also overheard her gave them a few dollars towards their groceries.

But Bear knew she needed more than that. He walked over to the mom and her daughter and told them he would pay for their food and to get whatever they want. He writes on Facebook: "A person behind her gave her a couple of dollars and she bought her daughter a Kids Cuisine TV dinner. I told her to grab what she wants, I'll pay for it."

All In Divine Timing

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Was Bear's presence in that mothert's life at that time and place just a coincidence? Bear doesn't think so. He explains that he never actually shops at that store but for whatever reason, he felt inclined to do so that night. He think the reason for it comes down to divine timing…

"I NEVER stop at this Walmart. I'm simply saying GOD puts you where he needs you to be WHEN he needs you to be there"

People Find Bear Inspiring

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Bear's Facebook post has gotten a lot of attention as many who read it are inspired by his selfless act. For all he knows, he could have saved that family that night.

"That's my little Brother doing what moms told us to do when women and children are in need, we help them out with whatever they need. GOD put you in the right place last night. Thanks for helping a woman and her children with the food they need to eat so they don't go hungry. God's got you," a person commented.

Whether it was a divine intervention or simply the actions of a kind man, it brought good into the world and we only hope things like this continue to happen to make it a better place.

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