Woman Turns Home Into Pet Hospice And Cares For 80 Elderly Dogs At Once



Meet Valerie Reid, the amazing woman who converted her home into a hospice because she couldn't take the thought of any elderly pets dying alone

Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary, a pet rescue organization in Missouri run by Valerie Reid, is making a difference in the lives of senior dogs that have either been abandoned or have lost their owners.


Since Whispering Willows is a lifetime hospice sanctuary, it accepts and cares for dogs who are nearing the end of their lives. The dogs that arrive at Whispering Willows are never fostered or adopted, and they are never kenneled or imprisoned like they are at other pet sanctuaries. Instead, they move in with Reid and her family and remain there until they pass away.

Reid tells Daily Paws that "they just get to be here and get to be home."


The senior dogs that come to Whispering Willows do so for a variety of reasons, including being abandoned, losing their pet parents, owners moving into nursing homes, and being taken away from their owners by a court order.



But it doesn't appear that has diminished their zest for life. Reid explains, "What I love about elderly dogs is that they're so forgiving. "They continue to forgive and love no matter what has happened in their life, whether it be trauma, abuse, neglect, or the fact that they have lost their owner and feel hopeless.



Reid claims that after her own father passed away from cancer, she decided to open a sanctuary. His 9-year-old Doberman pinscher, who had supported him throughout his battle with the illness, was left behind as his closest companion. Reid was unable to take in her father's favorite pet despite being her father's caregiver.

Fortunately, she eventually discovered a foster family that could provide the dog a loving home for an additional year and a half. Reid was moved to work to assist other pets and families have the same experience.



Imagine arriving at work to find 68 puppies waving their tails at you, says Reid. And seeing you makes them happier than anything else in the world.
 

 
Not all of the sanctuary's senior puppies have been there for a long time. In their latter months, some of them only remain there for a few days or possibly weeks. Despite their brief time with Reid and the pain that comes with pet loss, she claims that providing them with comfort in their dying days is still meaningful.


Because they have taught me to simply keep going no matter what life throws at you, I believe we are better off united here at the sanctuary, says Reid. Tragic events, death, and sadness are present, but there is also a lot of love and joy.





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  • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 1:28 PM

    What a generous, loving spirit you have valerie reid

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    • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:38 AM

      🩷🐶 Thank you! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

      www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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    • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 3:28 PM

      These dogs are so fortunate you came into their life for a chance at love and contentment.May God bless you!l

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      • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:38 AM

        🩷🐶 Thank you! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

        www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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      • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 3:47 PM

        Oh wow…I’m lost for proper words

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        • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:38 AM

          🩷🐶 Thank you! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

          www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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        • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 4:42 PM

          It fills my heart to see you care for all the elderly dogs. How wonderfulxx

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          • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:39 AM

            🩷🐶 Thank you! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

            www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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          • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 5:42 PM

            I wish there was more people like you in the world with a loving heart like that and people along with loving comments, would ask where to donate to the sanctuary zoning a a farm. Animals are very expensive to feed and care for so please tell us where we can donate and thank you again for being a human.

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            • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 8:10 PM

              Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary
              (417) 754-0250

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              • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 8:35 PM

                You can find them on Facebook & get info on how to make a donation

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                • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM

                  🩷🐶 Thank you! We appreciate your kind support. You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

                  www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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                • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 6:20 PM

                  What a beautiful cause. Such dignity for God’s creatures. Bless you.

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                  • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM

                    🩷🐶 Thank you! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

                    www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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                  • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 7:06 PM

                    Thank you for saving those digs and giving them a home

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                    • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM

                      🩷🐶 Its truly our pleasure to help these innocent pups. You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

                      www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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                    • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 7:23 PM

                      You are an absolute disciple of God to take care of his beautiful creatures in their final days, I envy you and respect you more than just about anybody that I know making a huge difference in this world for these beautiful creatures who only need to be loved and respected in their final days, the best of karma to you and may God bless you for every single thing you do for these wonderful babies!

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                      • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:41 AM

                        🩷🐶 Thank you! We all appreciate your kind words. You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

                        www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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                      • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 8:29 PM

                        I follow Whispering Willows on FB and I donate to them because I truly believe the work they do is absolutely awesome

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                        • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:41 AM

                          Thank you so much! Our Woof-pack really appreciate to kind support 🥰🐾💕

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                        • Anonymous September 6, 2023 at 8:38 PM

                          They are located in Hermitage, Missouri

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                          • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:42 AM

                            We sure are! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!💕🐾

                            www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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                          • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:22 AM

                            Much dog-pop to pick up.

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                            • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 7:44 AM


                              🩷🐶 Thank you! You can follow along with our sanctuary on all of our social media sites. Support the seniors!

                              www.whisperingwillowseniordogsanctuary.com

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                            • Anonymous September 7, 2023 at 12:04 PM

                              Love this, you are an angel!
                              Do you have an Amazon wish list? I will also check out your website to donate!

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                              • Anonymous November 18, 2023 at 1:17 AM

                                Thank You Kind Person I Wish I Could help them where I am Ty

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                                • Anonymous February 16, 2024 at 1:52 AM

                                  This story bought me to tears. What a wonderful family

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