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The final journey: Non-profit supports caregivers of aging & terminally ill pets

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Sharing our lives with pets is very meaningful and is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. They make us laugh and are there to console us when we're sad. Their unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion truly makes them our best friends.

Day By Day provides support and compassion to pet caregivers.

Which is why it's so difficult to accept when we know their time is near - and ultimately, when we lose them.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support (DBD) is very familiar with loss. The Drexel Hill, PA organization was created by the Jennings family after going through the pain of caring for three Shnauzers over the course of six years - and then losing all three within an 8-month period.

"At that point I knew we weren't the only ones going through the difficult task of caregiving and loss and therefore something had to change. Pet parents need an outlet for their feelings and emotions in a safe, secure, and non-judgmental atmosphere. I wanted to provide empathy, not just sympathy, to pet caregivers."-Kathryn Jennings, DBD founder and president

Through support groups, professional counseling, and even a dedicated hotline, DBD provides resources for situations like life after loss, elderly caregiving, and financial assistance.

"Once loss occurs, you feel completely alone in your grief," said Jennings. "DBD is now making a difference for pet caregivers in the communities in which we serve."

As a pet parent to a sick or elderly pet, deciding when it's time to let them go is the most difficult decision you will have to make for them. Day By Day will be there to help you. Call them at (484) 453-8210 or email at

Nothing will replace your pet once he or she is gone. But maybe you can find some comfort and peace by connecting with others who have experienced the same thing, and knowing you are not walking this road alone.

To all the pets waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge - you may be gone from our lives but never from our hearts. Until we meet again...

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