“Where love is whispered to the last breath…” 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 rescue 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.
On our Board of Directors, we 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 58 senior dogs. 30 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. We have acquired an additional building for the sanctuary and it is in process of being moved to WWSDS. The building is 1,680 sq.ft. of open space. The current building will become the hospice house for seniors with terminal illnesses. The new building will be for independent stable seniors. With the new building in place it will house 65 seniors at any given time with a total of 75-80 for the entire sanctuary. We at Whispering Willows have a heart for senior citizens. One reason that the sanctuary was created was in honor of our founders father. He passed from cancer and his senior Doberman did not have placement. Bringing awareness to what happens to senior dogs when their elderly owner passes. There is usually not an outlet for them and they oftentimes face uncertain death. We specialize in senior dog surrenders from owners that have moved into full time senior living care or have passed on at no charge to the family. If you would like to help in the care of our seniors you can donate at Paypal.me/whisperingwillowssds or visit our website at www.whisperingwillowsseniordogsanctuary.com If you have any further questions feel free to message us!