Coyle spends up to $685 per dog from her own pocket and ensures that they have the best life till they pass away
Hospice care is known to ease the lives of people with terminal illnesses, and to live their remaining days with dignity. Therefore, it made perfect sense to have a similar setup for canines. Armed with this idea, Nicola Coyle, a retired nurse from Nottingham, started a hospice that gives abandoned senior and terminally ill dogs a safe place before they pass away, reports Daily Mail. Called The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project, it is Britain's very first hospice for dogs. Coyle only takes in dogs that are either about to be put down or have six months or less to live. She told the Mirror, "It can be an utterly heartbreaking job. But I just can’t bear the thought of them spending their final moments without the love they deserve.”
Kindness, compassion and love.— Claire Lighting (@ursulaclairel) October 21, 2020
Besides offering a shelter, Coyle also ensures that these pooches are thoroughly pampered. Most dogs that end up here come via charities, kennels, or vet surgeries, where they are at risk of being put down within a week if they don't find a home. Once here, the dogs get bespoke treatment as Coyle takes them on a "bucket list" adventure that includes taking them for ice creams on the beach and throwing them birthday parties. For every dog, the mother-of-two earmarks a $665 budget, which comes largely from her own pocket or through fundraising efforts.
The purpose of the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project came about after she saw the devasting effect the dogs experienced after being dumped by their owners who could no longer afford the vet bills. "Many have not led a very nice life too, used for breeding or guard dogs, so when they've become unwell, they're not useful anymore and left," she said. "I don't know when their birthdays are so we throw all of them a birthday party. They just want to feel loved and safe. I really believe they should get a nice ending." And the dogs who've lived with her, she noted: "The longest I had one is one year, the shortest was two weeks. It's so rewarding when you can make those times special."
Besides the bucket list adventures, the dogs are also treated to a steak dinner at the local pub or a trip to the seaside. According to ABC News, some of the luckiest pups even get a chance to ride in a police vehicle or through a McDonald's drive-thru. Along with her two teenage children, Coyle has cared for over 30 dogs at her Nottingham home. She hopes to open a purpose-built hospice in the future.
People online are all praises for the great work the hospice is doing. "You are wonderful souls to help these souls that need you the most. Thank you," Jan Sif Davis commented under a post. "Thank you very much for the mission you've undertaken," added Vicki Dehner. "This woman is the hero of the day!! Thank you, dear Lady! Senior doggies are gold!", wrote Bonnie.
Bless you and Thank you so so much ♥️♥️♥️— Eleanor (@pokiescar) October 22, 2020