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forever loved
hospice foster program

In the spring of 2015, Secondhand Hounds started to receive multiple requests for elderly, un-adoptable dogs in shelters. Unfortunately, our program is adoption-based, and that is how we guarantee the survival of our program. But, we could not let these senior and terminally-ill dogs live out their final days in a cold, lonely shelter. So, we started the Forever Loved Hospice Program.


This program relies on hospice foster homes to open their hearts to dogs who will not ever leave. They will not be able to find a wonderful adoptive family, they will not watch their foster dog transform into a healthy pet, they will never say “see you later,” but rather “goodbye.” As you can imagine, it takes a very selfless, compassionate, and strong foster to do this. Essentially, they are taking these dogs in as their own, and loving them fiercely until it is their time to pass.


A little goes a long way with these amazing animals. Sponsor a hospice animal for a week for $50, two weeks for $100 or a month for $200. We do our absolute best to ensure our hospice fosters cross the rainbow bridge peacefully, and many times this means keeping them at home with their doting foster families. You can provide this comfort by sponsoring an in-home euthanasia for $425. All donations, no matter the size, keep these incredible animals comfortable.

Please consider donating using the form below, or send cash or checks to our office at 5959 Baker Road, Suite 390, Minnetonka, MN 55345

Hospice Foster Animals currently in our program

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Birdie - 7 y/o

Birdie is loving life with her forever family! 

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Blueberry - 8 y/o

Blueberry's future is uncertain, and his past is a mystery, but what we do know is that Blue loves everyone he meets. Dogs, cats, people. His tail is always wagging, so you'd never know he's had multiple tumors removed.


Cantina - 8 y/o

Cantina is a sweet Beagle/Basset mix who at age 8 is suspected of bladder cancer. She is living comfortably with her amazing forever foster who has been through all of the appointments, plan of action, and now palliative care in her final chapter. She is a very happy girl and loves her food.

Click here to see Cantina's wishlist!

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Cooper - 4 y/o

Cooper was rescued as a stray in Virginia, and is one of only 30 dogs worldwide living with Short Spine Syndrome. His adventures are chronicled on his Facebook Page - Short on Spine, Big on Love! 

Click here to see Cooper's wishlist!

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Eli - 7 y/o

Eli is a gentle giant who loves nothing more than to lay in the sun and have her belly rubbed. Medically, we had to name her a hospice foster, but she's loving life with her forever foster family.

Click here to see Eli's wishlist!

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Gertie - 20 y/o

Gertie traveled to Secondhand Hounds in 2017 from Arkansas where she was picked up as a stray. She joined hospice largely due to age, and all her old-age ailments... this year we celebrated her 20th birthday!

Click here to see Gertie's wishlist!

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Granny - 13 y/o

Granny loves getting lots of attention and belly rubs. She has become more confident and active even with her limited vision now that she's with her forever foster family! She will be forever loved in her perfect place! 

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Grant - 5 y/o

Grant was born with a congenital liver issue that affects the blood flow and has no cure. He was given anywhere between 6 months and 6 years to live... he loves chasing rabbits and having snacks with his foster - living every day forver loved!


Gunther - 12 y/o

Gunther is loving life with his forever family!


Jack - 16 y/o

Jack is loving life with his forever family!



Levy is loving life with his forever family!


Luna - 13 y/o

Luna is loving life with her forever family!

Click here to see Luna's wishlist!


Pooh - 15 y/o

Pooh is loving life with his forever family!


Sammie - 8 y/o

Sammie is loving life with her forever family!

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Tina Turner - 4 y/o

Tina Turner is spunky, sassy, bossy and amazingly sweet. Unfortunately she has an untreatable heart condition, and a knee condition that we cannot operate on due to her heart. We're giving her the best life possible, for as long as possible.


Tippy - 11 y/o

Tippy is loving life with her forever family!


Virgil - 10 y/o

Virgil is loving life with his forever family!


Wendy - 4 y/o

Wendy was rescued from living on the streets of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and after many training attempts and medications, it was decided she would live her life with her foster family as a behavioral hospice. She has dental issues and is on prescription diet for allergies, along with anxiety medication. Wendy is being pampered and is loved immensely by her forever family and doggie siblings!


William - 15 y/o

William is loving life with his forever family! 

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Wishbone - 15 y/o

Wishbone is the snuggliest boy ever, and follows his forever foster everywhere they go! He has lots of energy for being 15, but mostly likes to spend his days snoozing and snuggling! As he should! 

Click here to see Wishbone's wishlist


Yoshi - 16 y/o

Yoshi is loving life with his forever family! 

In Memoriam

Those who have comfortably crossed the rainbow bridge with compassion thanks to your support. Until we meet again.