Zachary's Paws For Healing
Zachary Noble was my nephew that was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Hodgkin's Lymphoma and was a patient at Juravinski Cancer Centre and Hospital for almost three years. Zachary passed away at the age of 25 in November 2014.
Before Zachary passed away, he had a stem cell transplant. He was rushed to ICU and he begged to see his heart dog, Chase. When we asked about bringing Chase to visit Zachary, we were told to sneak him in, don't tell anyone and do it late in the evening. Zachary's response to Chase's visit was miraculous. Two days later he was out of the ICU and back on the Hematology unit.
Once back on the Hematology unit, we sneaked in his favorite puppy from our last litter and again his response was miraculous and he was discharged from the hospital two days after that visit.
We witnessed first hand what a pet visit can do for a patient. Since then, we have learned that research shows that when hospital patients get a visit with their own pet dog or cat, it can stabilize their vital signs, improve the feeling of isolation and depression, it can help the patient to open back up to communicate with their caregivers and family and it also reminds the patient there is a reason to get well and go home.
Once Zachary was home and he realized he wasn't going to survive his cancer, he made us promise that we would start an organization that would provide companion pet visits with all patients in the hospital.
Zachary's Paws For Healing was formed and we started pet visitation at the Juravinski Hospital in November 2015. Since then, we have extended our service to the Hamilton General Hospital. We have received media coverage worldwide. Our story has gone viral three times internationally. We have received emails from around the world.
Not only do we provide companion pet visits to hospital patients, we foster pets for patients that do not have the support to care for their pets while they are in the hospital. This has proved to be a very much needed service and we are staying busy fostering cats and dogs.
Zachary's Paws For Healing is 100% volunteer run and we survive to provide the patient visits and foster program by donations and fundraising. Your donation helps to provide vet care, housing, food, equipment, and training for volunteers and hospital staff.
Your support is more than appreciated. To find out more about our organization and to keep up without latest news, please visit our website at www.zacharyspawsforhealing.com