From time to time dogs enter our care with life-limiting medical conditions. We understand that dogs needing ongoing care for the rest of their lives can be difficult to adopt as their conditions come with a financial and emotional cost. We have some incredibly dedicated foster families who open their hearts, arms and homes to take in dogs like this; they are our Palliative Paws foster homes. We commit to support these homes with veterinary costs as well as any other support required by the dog or the foster family.

The medical support costs for our palliative care dogs vary from year to year, as we don’t always know about each dog's condition as they enter our care and this can mean that their life expectancy is also unknown. The quality of life is monitored closely by our vets, our senior welfare staff and the foster family on an ongoing basis.

Our average veterinary care bill for our Palliative Paws dogs is around £12,000 per year. The other associated costs include essentials such as food, treats and grooming but we have found our wonderful foster families generously cover these costs. However, we are aware that we cannot take their generosity for granted. 

Supporting dogs in our Palliative Paws foster homes couldn’t be easier. Your monthly donation will help us to continue to say ‘yes’ to dogs with additional needs that still have a life to live, however long that might be. You can help us to support those very special families who open their hearts, arms and homes to dogs with life-limiting needs.