Hospice Foster Hero – Debbie M. ~ In Memory of Begonia


Thank you to Debbie and to our community for reaching out when Begonia was in need.

There are moments when it seems that we are surrounded by angels – human AND canine.

Sweet Begonia was a senior Beagle who was found as a stray in October 2016, and taken to the Humane Society of Livingston County. During her medical intake it was determined that Begonia had advanced lymphoma cancer and had only a short time to live.  We immediately put out efforts by way of a social media campaign to find Begonia a loving home to rest her head and have peace on her way to the Rainbow Bridge.

The home found was that of Debbie Markham, who stepped forward to offer Begonia a warm, compassionate environment to experience the love she deserved until her last days. Begonia did spend her last days surrounded by family. Her very special foster mom, Debbie, opened her heart and home at a moment when Begonia needed an angel. We just could not let this beautiful lady pass away in our shelter and at the moment when we needed an angel, Debbie stepped in. Begonia had much to give back – her smile, her love and her legacy.

As Debbie said, “I was truly blessed to be chosen to give Begonia all the love she deserved in her final days. While she still left me and my furry family way too soon, she touched our hearts in such a special way! I am so grateful to Karen and the volunteers and staff at the Humane Society of Livingston County.  I look forward to helping spread the word about the gift that hospice fostering brings to both the animal and the foster.”

Learn more about becoming an HSLC Foster Hero!>>

Update April 2017: Announcing the beginning of our Begonia Hospice Foster Program

In honor of Begonia, we are so pleased to announce the beginning of our Begonia Hospice Foster Program to provide compassionate, end-of-life hospice care to displaced, homeless animals by removing them from the shelter environment and thoughtfully placing them into an appropriate, loving foster home. Learn more about this program >>

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