The Home Hospice Association is an organization that works with residents who are terminally ill and want to be home during their final days. They provide services to these residents that will help them, and also for the ones the residents are unable to care for, like their pets.

What is The Bello Project? 

The Bello Project is a service under the Home Hospice Association that offers care for the pets when their owners can’t. It’s undeniable that the two have a strong bond, so the Bello Project acts as support and helps the pet to be with the pet parent until the end preventing premature separation.

Who can help? 

The team consists of passionate animal lovers who volunteer three hours a week for any services that the owner could be in need of for their pet:

  • Dog walking
  • Litter/Cage Cleaning
  • Help with Pet and Pet Parent “cuddle time”
  • Companionship
  • Overnight care

In a “what happens if” situation, the Bello Project helps both the owner and the pet in the process of re-homing to a family that can care for a new four-legged family member. The project also offers short-term companioning during the process of re-homing your pet, in which all volunteers interested in this would undergo an application process to ensure that your pet will be taken care of during treatment.

How is the process like?  

The Bello Project goes through four parts of the journey between pet and owner.

  • Treatment journey: During this time, basic pet care can be a burden on the owner’s mind while undergoing treatment. Something simple like stooping and scooping will not be easy on the body or mind while being treated, that they may need some assistance or start to think about a new home.
  • Running out of time:When treatment no longer is an option, then it’s time to think about what’s next for your pet. This is where the re-homing process begins, but without taking the dog away from the owner in the final days of their life journey.
  • The Journey’s End: Dogs can get stressed at the feeling of loss, but when they see and sense their owner has passed, the recovery will be easier. Most funeral homes allow pets to come see their owners, which will help make the transition easier.
  • A Bittersweet Result: Re-homing a dog starts with a compassionate and self-less pet who is willing to put your needs before their own.

However, the Bello Project can’t do it alone. For more information, you can check their website at Dogtopia is also a dedicated partner in The Bello Project and will be hosting Bubbles for Bello on June 5th, 2016.