Monday, August 01, 2011

Trib: Program helps terminally ill patients care for pets

Almost no one knows or understands Leethia Haddad better than Niles and Alexander.

"They even come up to me in bed -- they just know I'm not feeling well," Haddad, 69, of Pennsbury Village said of her two Siamese cats. "I do not know what I would do if I could not take care of my two cats."

Haddad knows that the emotional bond between pets and their owners can be impenetrable. So she was among the first to volunteer for Pet Peace of Mind -- a program run by a Mt. Lebanon hospice in which volunteers care for the pets of terminally ill patients.

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