Rescue
Kind nurse opens a hospice for senior dogs
This shelter gives dogs love in the last days of their lives.
Colby Maxwell
07.01.20

One of the most heartbreaking things is when we hear stories of people leaving or “dumping” their senior dogs when they can’t take care of them anymore. Across the world, these senior dogs are abandoned and left to fend for themselves in the most vulnerable time in their lives.

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With this harsh reality being apparent, Nicole Coyle decided to make a difference.

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Nicole Coyle is a 46-year-old retired nurse who devoted her life to helping senior dogs who had been abandoned by their owner. After seeing so many families leaving their dogs to suffer, her heart broke and she did something about it. Her plan was to turn her own home into a hospice for senior dogs.

She called the initiative the “Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project”

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In this heartwarming project, Nicole only takes in dogs who have six months or less to live. She adopts dogs using her own savings, many of whom are just a few days away from being put down.

More than just adoption, she pampers and loves them well.

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In the final days of these dogs’ lives, they just need love and someone to care about them. After she adopts them, she goes out of the way to make sure that all of their needs are met and they are as happy as can be.

She does some serious loving with these special treats.

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While many would consider peanut butter or something similar to be a real treat for a dog, Nicole goes above and beyond that. Rolling out the red carpet, she gives them steak and ice cream to show just how much these senior dogs are loved.

More than treats, she takes them out for adventures.

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What dog doesn’t love a trip to the beach? Nicole takes the dogs out to the beach and the park to have some serious fun. She really loves to show these dogs that she cares. For many of these abandoned dogs, Nicole is making sure that they feel loved and cared for in their last days.

Through her special care, many of the dogs she adopts live longer than they are supposed to.

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It goes to show that a little love can go a long way. When Nicole adopts these terminal animals, they often have a set period of time to live. After spending some time in her care, many of them live much longer than they were told initially.

Her heart still breaks with the knowledge that so many senior dogs are abandoned.

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In the most vulnerable time of their lives, people leave their senior pets. This reality still breaks Nicole’s heart today. She encourages owners to be thoughtful to their pets and to not “ghost” them in their time of need.

People can contribute to her mission.

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If you feel the same way as Nicole, you can donate to her cause in helping the dogs who need it the most. For many, Nicole extends their life longer than anyone thought was possible. The best part is that they are loved deeply the whole time.

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You can also check out the video below to see inside the Grey Muzzle mission.

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By Colby Maxwell
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I am a copy and content writer from Charlotte, NC who loves science, nature, and writing!
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