A palliative care social worker called and told Ricci that Vincent did not really have a lot of time left to live. Vincent's last wish was to spend some time with his 6-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix.
For some people, their pets mean the world to them. This applies to the veteran was admitted to hospice care last week. According to CNN, he only had one last wish and that was to say goodbye to his beloved dog Patch. John Vincent is a Marine who fought in Vietnam. The 69-year-old was hospitalized in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before being transferred to a nearby VA hospice facility. Since Vincent has no family in the area, Patch was taken to Albuquerque's Animal Welfare Department. However, this is not unusual. Adam Ricci, chief of field operations at the city's Animal Welfare Department, told CNN it's standard practice for dogs to end up in their care in situations like this.
Well, this situation turned out to be a bit different. A palliative care social worker called and told Ricci that Vincent did not really have a lot of time left to live. Vincent's last wish was to spend some time with his 6-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix. "It was an immediate 'yes' from us," Ricci said. "So, we worked with the VA to get things organized."
On Friday, Patch was brought to the hospice by a team who ensured Vincent and Patch had a reunion. The dog immediately jumped into bed to spend time with Vincent and the love they shared was evident. "We left Patch there with Mr. Vincent for the whole day, so they could spend one last day together," Ricci said. Since their reunion, Patch has been returned to an animal shelter.
The news of this reunion went viral and people from all corners of the world expressed interest in adopting him. But, Ricci believed Patch wouldn't have any trouble in finding a local adopter. They took to Facebook to share the heartwarming news, and also update people that Patch has already been adopted. The post read: Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so he had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us.
John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley, and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their goodbyes. It was an honor to make this veteran's final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter.