Shelter Dog with Cancer Finds Hospice Home

Honey came into the San Jose animal shelter with a litter of her puppies, seemingly in good health. However, when the shelter’s veterinary staff examined her, they noted a few mammary masses on her belly. The veterinary staff added Honey to a list of animals that needed non-routine surgery – basically anything that isn’t a spay or neuter.


In the meantime, all of Honey’s puppies found forever homes. Honey didn’t wait too long before her surgery was scheduled. Unfortunately, when trying to express Honey’s bladder in preparation for surgery, a large mass was noted.

An ultrasound showed that Honey had a large mass in her bladder. The mass was not something that could be readily removed, so the veterinary team canceled the surgery that was previously scheduled for Honey to remove her mammary masses.

Ultrasound image of a large mass in Honey’s bladder.

Rather than euthanize Honey, the shelter sought out a rescue or an adopter who would be willing and able to take on her care.

Hospice homes are intended to give animals with a limited lifespan a loving home until the animal’s quality of life diminishes. At that point¬†humane euthanasia may be elected.

Fortunately, one of the shelter’s volunteers stepped up and decided to take Honey into her care as a hospice dog.

Copyright: San Jose Animal Care Center

4 thoughts on “Shelter Dog with Cancer Finds Hospice Home

  1. We’ve provided hospice care for several older dogs, and our time with them, though shortened, was incredibly rewarding and filled with mutual love. Like most dogs, they wake up every morning and live each day in the moment. Special thanks to your medical team and especially to the volunteer for giving Honey a chance to enjoy her final days in a home filled with love.

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