Being in the hospital is stressful enough without
having to worry about who is going to take care of
the ones who depend on you the most.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill tells us about the efforts
to help patients and their pets in La Crosse County.
For some people when they get in the hospital, the
first thing on their mind isn't getting treatment
It's who will be taking care of their dog or cat while
So now an animal day care is teaming up with local
to make sure both pets and patients get the care they
Fun Fur Pets Dog Day Care and Boarding is full of
wagging tales .
and has a wide range of clientele.
We can do cats pigs ferrets parrots, a wide array
of animals here.
Including those there for a temporary stay while their
owners are away.
We're taking care of patients' animals, which is a
lot of times taking care of their child, really.
Taking in pets while their owners were in the hospital
started off slowly over the past year.
Things we didn't think would come up.
came to be a bigger thing .
It just started rolling around little by little.
At first, hospitals and the daycare would figure things
out on a case to case basis .
like when a man having a heart attack refused treatment
until he knew his dog was all right.
He wanted to get out of hospital because he didn't
want his animal to be left alone.
so he called us, we got on the phone with him, coordinated
having his keys on the front desk and cared for his
animal until he got out of the hospital
Or a homeless man who got in a car crash with his
The gentleman and dog ended up in hospital room.
We got a call, and we met with gentlman .
He stayed for five days, once he was discharged we
delivered the dog and a care package we had put together.
To have a set plan for when situations like that arise,
Fun Fur Pets is working with Gundersen, and now Mayo
Clinic as well, for a more organized approach to fostering
patients' pets .
so patients can know their pet is being taken care
of, and the day care can know how best to do so.
It's easier to take care of pets if we know some info...do
they like to be petted, should I not get it wet and
give it a bath?...
Something you don't need to think about, is your animal
okay while you're here getting your care..it helps
their health care move along and helps them heal faster.
Proving that sometimes something as simple as a wagging
tail can be the best medicine.
The fact that both the hospitals realize that these
animals, they're their children, sometimes therese
are the only friends they have so caring for the animals
is just as important as caring for their human counterpart.
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Obviously, taking care of pets isn't free.
According to Gundersen, the health system agreed on
a set charge with the day care, but they take each
situation as it comes.
If someone can't pay for the services, often times
they can get a discounted rate, or in one case, some
of the day care's clients pitched in to pay for a
homeless man's dog to stay.
Right now, Fun Fur Pets is able to provide both day
care service and in home check-ins for pets throughout
La Crosse County .
and also the La Crescent region.