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

Say “Yes” When Others Cannot

Hospice fostering isn’t cheap, and Secondhand Hounds covers all of their medical bills. So, we look to donations to help support this program. Each animal gets special food, an orthopedic bed, pain medicine if needed, various other medicine for eye issues, ear issues, dental issues, etc. When the time comes for them to cross the Rainbow Bridge, we believe in their foster home, surrounded by the people (and animals) they love, is the only way to dignify these sweethearts. Because of MNPets, we are able to have our hospice fosters cross the rainbow bridge with dignity and comfort in their own home.

Below you will find a list of our current hospice animals. We will keep the ones who have passed on our page as well. They are important. They are loved. Thank you for helping us save them.

Questions? Please email

Hospice Foster Animals


4 month old French Bulldog

Berklee came to Secondhand Hounds this spring at 7 weeks old, when she was about a third of the size of her littermates, vomiting up every meal, spinning and tipping over, and presenting with a significant heart murmur. We knew before she came that there were a lot of odds stacked against her, but SHH didn’t hesitate to say yes anyway.

We figured out a good feeding routine so she stopped vomiting and started to gain weight, and got her on steroids to help with the neurological symptoms. She stabilized and grew, but unfortunately the U of M confirmed she has hydrocephalus (water and pressure on her brain), pulmonic stenosis (a severe heart condition), and bracycephalic airway syndrome (her airway is too narrow, and her esophagus is partially paralyzed, causing regurgitation). We were hopeful that if we got her to six months, we could reevaluate for possible heart surgery and then a brain shunt, but unfortunately her growth spurts seem to impact her neurological symptoms, and her vision and neurological response have continued to decline.

Berklee can only see light and dark (most likely only out of one eye), and has a significant permanent head tilt. Some days her spinning is horrible, then other days, she seems more stable and relaxed. Unfortunately her growth spurts seem to impact her neurological symptoms, and her vision and neurological response have continued to deteriorate. We are at the vet often, but she is still happy, and she doesn’t know that she is different.

Yes, she has a LOT stacked against her, but this little girl is a spitfire and she LOVES her life. She hops like a bunny when she is outside, she loves attacking the vacuum, she loves lap snuggles, and she adores meal time – she gets quite a few to keep her meals small and avoid vomiting, so we jokingly call them all ‘second lunch’ now. She has decided she likes car rides recently, and enjoys walkies in the stroller with her big Frenchie brother Franklin. When she is happy and relaxing, she will burrow her nose into her surroundings (me, Franklin, her bed, etc) and take deep sniffs as she gets sleepy. Every single day we get with her is a gift, and we are so grateful! Follow her journey on instagram at @fairydogmomma

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7 year old Jack Russell Terrier mix

Birdie is loving life with her forever family!


8 year old American Pit Bull Terrier

A lot of Blueberry’s future is uncertain and most of his past is a mystery. What we do know is this boy (6 years young) has been through quite a bit of life and has some fighting yet to do. Picked up as a stray in Kentucky, he’s already had multiple mast cell tumors removed and is monitored constantly for new growths and potential signs of the cancer spreading to his organs. Blue loves everyone he meets. Dogs, cats, people. He’s polite, gentle, sweet and his tail is constantly wagging. He’s always up for a walk, but totally satisfied chilling on the couch too. He’s also a regular (and popular) visitor at his foster mom’s office enjoying every bit of attention and adventure. Outside of the scars, you’d never know he’s dealing with a medical mess or that humans were not nice to him in his previous life.

Whether he’s a permanent hospice member or he is eventually cleared for adoption, the rest of his weeks, months or years will be full of yummy treats and comfy beds. Welcome to the good life, Blueberry.  Thank you all for your donations and support of Secondhand Hounds.


7 year old Great Dane

Eli is a sweet gentle giant that loves nothing more than to lay in the sun and have her belly rubbed. For many reasons medically, she has become hospice. That won’t stop her from loving life with her forever foster family. We have learned she is slightly picky on what she actually likes to eat, so far favorites are smoked dog treats, canned dog food, and bones. She is also a big fan of camping as long as she has a nice fluffy bed to lay in. I think it goes back to laying in the sun and all sorts of attention from people.

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10 year old American Pit Bull Terrier

Foxy aka Daisy is spunky and happy, loving her life with her forever family.


19 year old Shepherd

Gertie is a 13-16 year old German Shepherd who traveled to MN in November of 2017 from AR where she was picked up as a stray. When she first arrived to rescue, she was in rough shape and no one knew how long she would be around. She joined the hospice program largely due to age. She is also completely blind with severe glaucoma, and has some other general, old-age ailments. Almost a year and a half later, here she is still kickin! She was recently spayed after developing pyometra, and pulled through that like the champion she is. She takes great joy in destroying squeaky toys – the plush ones are her favorite. She picks out all the stuffing and literally spits it to the side until she is laying in a pile of her own destruction. She gets excited to go for short, slow walks, and absolutely loves to be pet and have her ears rubbed. She is honestly the most easy-going dog, and nothing really phases her. She has our whole hearts.

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13 year old Yorkshire Terrier

Granny is loving getting a lot of attention and belly rubs. She has become more confident and active even with her limited vision with her Forever Family. We love how she has found her perfect spot in the pack and forever loved.


5 year old Labrador Retriever mix

Grant came in rescue with health issues, assumed from living as a stray but hopes of a foster home, good food and care would resolve them. Sadly it was discovered Grant was born with a congenital liver issue, Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia, a congenital liver abnormality that affects the blood flow in his liver and digestion. There is no cure. He was given anywhere from 6 months to 6 years to live. Secondhand Hounds chose to have him join the program and be with his forever foster so that he could stay in a home where he was loved, for however long that may be. From his foster: But despite all of his medical issues, you couldn’t ask for a better sidekick. Grant aka Archie is excitable, happy, and never hesitates to let you know that he needs pets. He loves when I cook him an egg, and he enjoys chasing rabbits around the backyard. We also just started puppy school a few weeks ago. I hadn’t intended to enter the Forever Loved program, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Arch has been such a joy, and it’s been amazing to see him transform from the emaciated, scared dog covered in sores to the happy pup he’s become.  He is a very happy loved boy, living every day forever loved.


13 year old Maltese Yorkie mix

Haylie is a gentle soul who likes to relax.  She loves soft dog beds and soft blankets. On nice days outside, she likes to sniff and explore my fenced yard. She also loves to be loved on and sit in my lap. Haylie loves canned food and soft treats. Having canned food on hand is very helpful as Haylie takes medication every day. Haylie loves to be talked to and seeing her tail wag just melts your heart.

Mini Cooper

4 year old Hound mix

Cooper is a young Hound boy rescued as a stray in Virginia.  Cooper has a condition called Short Spine Syndrome, which only about 30 dogs worldwide are known to be living with.  Currently, Cooper is a happy, healthy boy who lives with his forever-foster family. Since so little is known about his condition his future is not certain, and in order to provide him with the security he deserves Secondhand Hounds is continuing to provide him with the best possible care, while his foster family is providing him all of the love he deserves for as long as we are blessed to have him!  His adventures are being chronicled on his very own Facebook page Cooper – Short on Spine, Big on Love.

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19 year old Toy Poodle

Oreo is a sweet, spunky, 8.6 lb older gentleman. He doesn’t have teeth or a lower jaw, has a full cataract in one eye and partial in the other, and doesn’t hear well. He loves laying on towels (after he digs around and makes them just right). He’ll pull me around the block for his daily “run”.

It took two weeks to come out of his shell but now he has really showed his personality. He’s quite funny. At night, before bed, he thinks it’s fun to start playing with his toys and tearing around the living room.


16 year old American Pit Bull Terrier

This is Mr. Peanut and his story! Peanut was found as a stray in Grand Rapids Mn and brought to a shelter in Hibbing, knowing he was a senior and in bad shape they contacted shh for help. Peanut came to live with me and it was quickly discovered his issues were due to neglect. He came in with Erlichia a bacterial infection(treated), ear infections(treated), untreated chronic dry eye(now managed). He’s had 3 surgeries which included repairing 3 hernias, neuter and a dental repair(ground down from chewing on a kennel to get out). He has since been diagnosed with skin allergies which were still trying to find the best treatment for him. He has a “cauliflower” ear due to a past untreated ear infection that went to into the tissue of the ear flap, nothing can be done but it causes him no discomfort. He does have some arthritis and he will always be  on the skinny side as he cannot seem to gain weight or rebuild muscle mass. Since picking Peanut up on Sept 4,2018 he has been all tail wags and love, he is the epitome of resilience, strength and forgiveness. He is the most calm, gentle and loving soul, who loves to be with his people, walking around the yard with his nose to the ground and of course meal/treat times. He loves all and sees everyone as a friend, humans, dogs,cats and whether you’ve been gone 5 mins or 5 hrs he’s always there to welcome you home. He is a real survivor an all around special guy and I’m lucky to be his furever family and his furever home!

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Tina Turner

4 year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix

World, meet Tina Turner! We could not have chosen a better namesake for this spunky, sassy, bossy, and amazingly sweet lady. We think she is about 2 years old, and you’d never guess her to be a hospice pup when you meet her. She is happy as can be, loves to go for walks, and will run for the hills at every opportunity she gets. Unfortunately, she has a heart condition that cannot be treated, and she has a knee condition that will eventually cause quite a bit of pain. Due to the heart condition, she cannot be safely operated on so her knees cannot be fixed. We don’t know if the combination of her heart and knee conditions will lead to a long life regardless; or, if she could pass away suddenly from sudden cardiac arrest. What we do know, is that our goal is to give her the best life possible, for as long possible.


11 year old Rat Terrier

When Trixie first came to me, she was very timid and wary of people getting too close to her. And while she’s still standoffish and likes her space, she now comes up to me for pets and to lie down right up next to me on the couch or in bed at night. It took almost 3 months for her to move from napping at the opposite end of the couch to napping next to me. The first time she did it just melted my heart.

Trixie is an older gal, and spends a lot of time sleeping, but she’s always up for a walk if she sees me get out the leash. She sniffs EVERYTHING! Our walks are much more of a meandering down the block, as her nose is still in great working order. She’s learned to sit for a treat and to ring the bells on the door when she wants to go out.

Trixie has a severe heart murmur, a mass on her heart, some pretty bad dental disease, and takes so many medications I had to make a color-coded spreadsheet to keep track of them all. But you’d never know it. She’s sweet, gets along well with other dogs, doesn’t bark unnecessarily, and even almost plays sometimes! She is definitely well loved and I’m so honored to be her person!

Valentina aka Bella

7 year old Golden Retriever mix

Hi, My name is Valentina, but my momma calls me Bella!! It is the name my previous foster momma used, so I know Bella & Bellaboo the bestist!! I was asked to write a biography thingy about myself, but I don’t know what a “biography” is, so momma, Joyce, explained that you just want to know stuffs about me!!

First, I have these bad ouchie thingies called arthritis and IVDD… so my neck and back get real ouchie sometimes and it makes me whine, cry and yelp!! The pain is mostly when I stand up after laying down, so my momma talks real soft to me, and tells me what a brave girl I am until I work the pain out. Once I’m up and moving around I LOVE going for long walks… right now we walk about a mile a day. As soon as I see my leash I get a wiggle butt that makes it hard for momma to connect the leash to my harness… bol (barking out loud)

I have really nice heating pads to rest on, toys to tear the stuffing out of, balls to chase, and lots of peanut butter to eat out of my Kong!! Oh, and I have my own special Chiropractor, Dr Sarah. I have HER wrapped around by paw!! I have special medications for my pain that my momma gives me. She thinks she’s hiding it when she puts it in a hotdog piece or treat, but I know it’s there, and that it is to help me live a comfortable life. I have lots of special people in my life that are there to help me live my best life. The SHH Hospice Foster Team makes sure I get everything I need, and even some of the things I just want!! Thank you to my previous fosters, especially momma Mary. And thank you SHH for picking momma Joyce to be my Hospice Foster I already love her to the moon!!

Licks & Wiggles to Everyone!

Love, Valentina aka Bella

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5 year old Chihuahua Terrier mix

Wendy is a 5 year old little girl that was rescued from living on the streets in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Someone caught her because they were worried for the skinny, scared little dog.  She was all alone, trying to survive.  They kindly brought her to a wonderful rescue group in Mexico.  Because there are more dogs than adopters there, they chose to send Wendy to Secondhand Hounds to find a forever family. Wendy was terrified when she arrived, understandably!  She wasn’t as resilient as many dogs are, and has had a hard time learning to trust people and dogs that she meets. She settled into her foster home nicely, eventually accepting her other doggie siblings, and apparently decided she wasn’t going anywhere.  3 years later, after many training attempts and medications, it was decided that Wendy would live out her life with her foster family as a behavioral hospice.  Wendy never had a clue that she wasn’t already with her forever family, and she’s content staying put.  Unfortunately, she does have dental issues that Secondhand Hounds will continue to treat.  She also has to be on a prescription diet for allergies and is on anxiety medications, so it is costly for Secondhand Hounds.
She is being pampered in her forever foster home and is loved immensely!


15 year old Jack Russell Terrier

Wishbone is the snuggliest, cutest boy once he gets to know you. He couldn’t lie down closer to me if he tried and he follows me wherever I go. He likes to burrow under the covers, and he makes the cutest whimpering noises as he arranges his blankets to make them just right for sleeping. Other than that, he’s a pretty quiet guy, unless someone comes to the door. Although, he doesn’t like to be left alone and will definitely voice that opinion. And if it takes to long to get his food ready, he definitely lets me know! For being 15 years old, he still has lots of energy for walks and to play with toys and other dogs. Wishbone loves mealtimes and treats. He just wants to spend his days, snoozing and snuggling with his people, eating good food, and enjoying the outdoors. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s exactly what he should be doing.

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16 year old Yorkshire Terrier

Those Who Have Crossed Over The Bridge…
We Love You


12 year old Boston Terrier


8 year old German Shepherd


15 year old Wire-haired Pointing Griffon


12 year old German Shepherd


3 year old American Pit Bull Terrier


6 month old Terrier Chihuahua mix


12 year old Jack Russell Terrier


12+ year old Rat Terrier


12 year old Dachshund


13 year old Chihuahua


11 year old English Bulldog


14 year old Chihuahua


17 year old Golden Retriever

Bee Bee

10 year old French Bulldog


14 year old German Shepherd

Bella Boo

12 year old Shih Tzu


7 year old American Pit Bull Terrier


10 year old Pug


13 year old Min Pin mix


14 year old Pit Bull


11 year old Yorkshire Terrier

Charlie Cheeseface

14 year old Poodle


17 year old Miniature Poodle


11 year old French Bulldog


6 year old Pointer mix


9 year old American Bulldog


13 year old Chihuahua


9 year old American Bulldog


12 year old Lab Retriever mix


14 year old Shepherd mix


7 year old Min Pin mix


4 year old Miniature Poodle


8 year old French Bulldog


4 month old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel


1 year old Shepherd Mix


8 year old Terrier


17 year old Min Pin mix


12 year old English Bulldog


8 year old Great Dane


7 year old Bulldog Boxer mix


13 year old Miniature Poodle


14 year old Poodle/Bichon mix

Frankie Rose

8 month old Miniature Goldendoodle


7 year old Toy Poodle


10 year old Yorkshire Terrier


4 year old Shetland Sheepdog


15 year old Shih Tzu


10 year old Australian Shepherd mix


10 year old Beagle/Pug mix


15 year old Chihuahua


7 year old Husky Shepherd mix


16 year old Chihuahua


14 year old Chihuahua

Jenny B

12 year old Boston Terrier


7 year old Redbone Coonhound

Le Peanut

12 year old Chihuahua


13 year old Border Collie


11 year old German Shepherd


2 year old Great Pyrenees


14 year old Pug Beagle mix


11 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi


11 year old Miniature Schnauzer


8 year old Brussels Griffon


8 year old American Pit Bull Terrier


10 year old Pit Bull Terrier


10 year old Miniature Pinscher


2 year old Domestic Short Hair


16 year old Pomeranian


12+ year old Labrador Retriever


13 year old Domestic Long Hair


10.5 year old Beagle


18 year old Dachshund


9 year old Newfoundland


12.5 year old Chow Chow


15 year old Shepherd


14 year old Beagle


7 year old German Shepherd


11.5 year old Chihuahua


7.5 year old Australian Shepherd


12.5 year old Westie

Rocky (Beau)

8 year old Labrador Retriever


2 year old Newfoundland Dog


1 year old French Bulldog


15 year old Dachshund


14 year old Puggle


11 year old American Pit Bull Terrier


7.5 year old Chihuahua


18 year old Dachshund


9 year old Labrador Retriever

Sinatra (Bear)

11 year old Golden Retriever


14 year old Chihuahua


18 year old cat


14 year old Miniature Poodle


8 year old Terrier


11 year old Labrador Retriever


17 year old Persian


9.5 year old Spaniel mix


10 year old Toy Poodle

Sugar Bear

11 year old Himalayan cat


12 year old Husky mix


9 year old Jack Russell Terrier


13 year old Yorkie


7 year old Chihuahua


15 year old Shih Tzu


13 year old Pug

William (Rocky)

10 year old German Shepherd mix


9 year old Labrador Retriever


14 year old Terrier Mix

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