To many people, pets are family members and their loss leaves a void just as would the passing of a parent or child. The Community Pet Memorial Service offers people a chance to honor their pets that have passed away in a safe space among others that can empathize. The holiday season is a particularly difficult time for families who have lost pets, so we have traditionally tried to hold the service in the winter months.
Since founding Whole Animal Veterinary Hospice Services in 2010, Dr. Katherine Goldberg has provided compassionate, personalized end-of-life care for geriatric pets. She has experienced first-hand the strength of the human-animal bond and started the Ithaca Community Pet Memorial Service to offer people the opportunity to honor it.
For the past two years, Dr. Goldberg has been the sole sponsor of the Memorial Service, with the annual cost reaching about $1500. We try to keep costs low with the majority of this amount going towards venue rental. The remainder buys snacks, coffee/tea, and materials. The overwhelming amount of positive feedback we have received in response to this event reinforces the need for it in our community. This year, Whole Animal is asking for the help of the community - without your donations, we will be unable to put together the Community Pet Memorial Service. Please take a moment to donate and spread the word so that we can offer the Third Annual Community Pet Memorial Service to those that need it.
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