LOVE DOESN'T COUNT THE YEARS
Many people are afraid to face death and fail to plan for their pets future. Death, or sudden tragedy, can be a frightening reality and this is one of the reasons Whispering Willows exists.
WWSDS is a 501c3 non profit and licensed in the state of Missouri. Most shelters do not have the provisions to care for seniors. We assist the community locally and nationwide by filling this gap.
“Whispering Willows is a place to call home,” said Valerie Reid, the President. WWSDS is a lifetime sanctuary providing shelter, medical care, and most of all love until the senior dog passes. The rescue specializes in end of life hospice care for seniors that have a short time to live, allowing some to experience love for the very first time. After some seniors have been at the sanctuary, they have healed drastically with love and care. For this reason, we have created the Forever Foster Program that allows seniors to live in a traditional family setting while the
sanctuary continues to pay for their medical care until they pass.
One way we are able to offer this outstanding care is through our partnership with Dr. Sabra Amend. She and Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital are located in Lawrence, KS. She assists
the rescue in full time care for the senior dogs. She and her team visit the sanctuary several times a year for exams, check ups, and anything else required. Dr. Amend also assists with
euthanasia at the sanctuary when quality of life is diminished. Seniors are also taken to the clinic in Lawrence for all surgeries, special procedures, hospitalization, etc. The rescue is in
contact on a daily basis with Dr. Amend and usually at the clinic weekly/bi weekly with different seniors. Dr. Amend is a Board Director at Whispering Willows and plays a vital role in the rescue. She also oversees the medical care for all seniors in the Forever Foster Program which is network based in and around Lawrence, KS.
On our Board of Directors, we also have Anna Marshall, who is an Emergency Veterinary Technician at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners (Emergency and Specialty Services) in Lee’s
Summit, MO. Anna provides the sanctuary with a wide array of assistance and helps the seniors with various situations that may arise.
WWSDS is immensely sought after to rescue/intake senior dogs. The sanctuary receives 60 to 100 requests per week. This highlights the overwhelming need for senior and end of life care in the pet community. In 2018, Whispering Willows was able to offer full time care for 54 senior dogs. 18 of those seniors have passed over the Rainbow Bridge, with love being whispered until their last breath.
Being a unique sanctuary, Whispering Willows is in high demand. The sanctuary is currently at capacity, creating the need for an additional building to continue helping more seniors. The only way this will be possible is through the help of your generous donations. The current building will become the hospice house for seniors with terminal illnesses. The new building will be for independent stable seniors. For more on how you can help Whispering Willows with their mission visit:
www.facebook.com/whisperingwillowsseniordogsanctuary. You can also donate at Paypal.me/whisperingwillowssds.