May 7, 2012
With six living outdoors and another 12 residing inside, it's no surprise that Jackie Meyers has a special place in her heart for dogs. That's why she started the non-profit Peaceful Passings to rescue senior and hospice dogs.
“We look at it as passages. So, it's passages from illness to health. It might be aging passages. It might be from being homeless to being re-homed,” Meyers explained.
Meyers and her husband, who live in Bremo Bluff, have changed their lifestyle over the years to help hundreds of dogs. From waking up at dawn each morning for feedings to coming home on her lunch break to give four-legged friend Lester a belly rub, Meyers says she wouldn't have it any other way.
“It makes me feel whole," she said. "This makes me more of a full person to be able to do this work."
Meyers says this work is often the difference between life and death for these animals. Before coming to Peaceful Passings, many of the aging and sick dogs only had one option. That was getting euthanized .
“We believe the animals do have a right to life. People can enjoy them and they have something to offer humans, so we support that cause,” said Meyers.
Meyers adds she's here to give these dogs a chance after others have turned their backs. "Sometimes they need extra care, medicated baths or their incontinent and we have little puppy diapers for them. Whatever they need they get through the care that we give them,” she said.
While the hope is that all of the senior dogs will become healthy and get adopted, that's not always the case. But when the time comes, Meyers knows that she's done everything that she can to make their passing as peaceful as possible.