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.