Date:  Tues., Sept. 20, 2011                                                                                            

Contact: Manny P. Hernandez

                Manager, Public Information


Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has announced a new program, Pet Peace of Mind, which recognizes and actively supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets. The unique program launches in The Villages and aligns with the Cornerstone Hospice mission to serve patients and families seeking quality and dignity in their lives while coping with an end-of-life illness, providing quality professional care to people with any serious, complex illness while also assisting their families.               


Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end-of-life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include assistance with pet food, financial assistance with routine veterinary care, transporting the pet to veterinary appointments, pet boarding, walking, grooming and waste clean-up.


/public/images/Hank Brainard and PepperAnne 001.jpgHank Brainard, a resident at The Villages, is one of the trained Villages volunteers who donate his time and effort to the Pet Peace of Mind program. He and his nine year-old Border Collie Husky Mix Pepper Anne provide supervision, feeding, see to veterinary appointments, provide temporary shelter, walk, groom and general care when hospice patients are unable to temporarily care for their pets.


/public/images/mary lawton and jack frost 001.jpgPet Peace of Mind benefits hospice patients such as Rio Grande Village resident Mary H. Lawton (age 98), formerly head housekeeper for over twenty years at Siesta Key Resort in Sarasota.  Given her age, Ms. Lawton requires temporary care for Jack Frost, her four year-old Maltese Poodle whenever she has a doctor’s appointment or whenever she may not feel well for a few days. “This Pet Peace of Mind program has been a heaven-sent for me!” Ms. Lawton said recently, “I can have the peace of mind my delicate Maltese will be fed, kept clean, walked and cared for by animal-loving trained volunteers who will take care of my Jack Frost as well as I do.”


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Cornerstone Hospice, a community-based healthcare organization since 1984, has provided care and services to central Florida and Lake and Sumter patients and families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. To learn more, call (352)343-1341 or toll-free (888-728-6234 in Lake and Sumter Counties. Also, visit Cornerstone Hospice at