Nicole, who is a retired nurse goes to shelters, pounds, and other charities, and rescues dogs that are either too old or too sick and are given no more than 6 months to live.
Dogs are the best friends anyone can ask for, but not everyone appreciates their value. Some of them are adopted and later left abandoned on the streets to fend for themselves because the people who adopt these lovely creatures do so in the spur of a moment and then they don't know what to do or how to deal with these lovely puppers because it's not easy. They deserve a lot of love and attention, just like any human would. However, this increases when the dogs get old or sick, and the owners just dump them at a shelter, expecting other people to take care of them.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that about 2.6 million dogs and cats were euthanized by animal shelters across the U.S in 2011. This number has been decreased in recent years to about 1.5 million, but this is something that we can all do better at. Dogs truly deserve better than this. Thankfully, there are people with better hearts, ones that can't stand to see these faithful creatures being treated like this, and 46-year-old Nicola Coyle is one of them.
She decided to set up a hospice in her home and cater for sick and abandoned dogs. Nicole, who is a retired nurse goes to shelters, pounds, and other charities, and rescues dogs that are either too old or too sick and are given no more than 6 months to live. The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project has been running out of her home for several years now, and last year she made it an official project.
Along with her children's help, she takes in two dogs at a time, and she loves and cares for them like there's no tomorrow. The dogs she takes care of gets oodles of love and affection, along with a lot of food, according to BBC. Nicola claims she enjoys every single moment, even though she added that this is an utterly heartbreaking job. She makes sure the dogs spend their final days, weeks or months with the love they need and deserve.
Even though each of these dogs has a different story, Nicola believes most of them were abandoned because their owners did not want to take upon the expense of treating a sick dog. One charity she regularly helps claims that they are extremely grateful to her as she loves and cares for the most desperate dogs. Frankly, that's exactly what these sick babies need. They need love and care at their lowest.
Nicola spends about £500 on each dog, from funds raised from donations to her project or if she doesn't have the funds, she pays out of her own pocket, which covers the medical bills, bucket lists, and transportation of the dogs to her home, as well as the parties, treats, outings, and accessories. When the dogs she's taking care of dies, she buries them in her backyard garden or has them cremated. She says that 20 dogs are buried in her garden, as well as her parents’ garden, and some of them are cremated.
Due to the lack of space now, she's turned a room in their house as a memorial. If the dogs stay much longer than anticipated, she always keeps them for as long as they hold on. Since she's not sure about their birthday, she makes sure every dog has a birthday party in her home, and she takes them for a day at the seaside, they get fish and chips on the beach and ice cream. She also takes the dogs to the local pub, and they get a steak dinner too.
Nicola claims that her children, Harry and Olivia, aged 14 and 15, along with her friend, Lisa Emmans, are her greatest support, as she gets emotional every time a dog leaves her. Joanne Snaith, from Helping Yorkshire Poundies, says that Nicola does an amazing job by rescuing dogs that have been kicked out by their owners at the very end of their lives.
She adds that she admires the work of The Grey Muzzle Project, as rescuing is a difficult and never-ending hard work.