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The Banfield Charitable Trust of Portland, Oregon has awarded Mt. Hood Hospice a $5,000 grant to initiate a Pet Peace of Mind program.

The mission of the Mt. Hood Hospice of Sandy is to provide compassionate care for its patients and their families. This grant will enable the hospice to help patients with their beloved pets.

Beginning Jan. 1, the program will provide in-home pet care such as dog-walking, litter box maintenance, transportation to and from veterinary appointments and financial assistance with pet food, grooming and routine veterinary care for small animals, at no charge to the patients.

“Helping to care for a beloved pet can bring tremendous comfort to a hospice patient,” Executive Director Lee Ann Church said, “and if we can help maintain or improve a patient’s quality of life, then we’ve met our goal.”

For details, go to the hospice’s website, or telephone 503-668-5545.

For information on the programs offered through Banfield Charitable Trust, click here.

[PHOTO: WestSeattleBlog.com; STORY: OregonLive.com]

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