is one of the toughest parts of being a pet parent.
We know this decision is filled with emotion, but it is also considered an owner’s final act of kindness and compassion. We hope the information listed below can be used as a resource when facing this difficult decision.
Please reach out to our hospital if you need any additional guidance.
With love, the Marion Animal Hospital
We have partnered with Final Gift for the respectful care of your animal companion once they have passed on. If you wish to learn more about the services and items they can provide please click the image below.
** If you wish to add or change items such as urns or keepsakes, please call Final Gift as soon as possible after your visit with us to allow time to process those arrangements. Final Gift can be reached at 800-477-5044. **
AT-HOME EUTHANASIA SERVICES
We always want to be here for you and your pet, but we also know the value of these alternate services which may be of help when you have need. Whether the time has come at a late hour, or you have a pet who would just be more comfortable with a release done in the home, at-home pet care can also be there to care for you and your loved ones.
Saying goodbye to an animal companion is one of the most difficult things you can do, and it is also a selfless burden you face for the comfort and care of your best friend. But you are not alone in your journey. We will do whatever we can to make this an easy and comfortable crossing, but please know there exist additional services, advice, and support groups to help you in the days beyond guiding your friend to the Rainbow Bridge…
Pet Loss Support Hotline – 607-218-7457
The Pet Loss Support Hotline is available from Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine via Google Voice to facilitate support Wednesdays from 6 – 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT. Google Voice will prompt you to enter your name before connecting, however to remain anonymous you can say “anonymous” or just enter your first name.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….