FOWLER TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – Losing a pet, especially due to an illness, is hard for pet owners.
A Hartford woman is trying to make it an easier process for the animals and their owners through her non-profit, Love Vincent.
Vincent was Rachel Hayes’ dog who passed away last year.
“We adopted him when he was four and a half months old. He was a very chubby black puppy, and we immediately fell in love with him,” Hayes said.
Sadly, just two years after Rachel and her husband Cory adopted Vincent, he was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away last year.
Rachel Hayes said it was a difficult time, but she had a lot of support through from friends and family.
“When he passed away, I was on the phone with a friend and kind of talking to her and saying, ‘I really want him to live on and help other people and animals,'” she said.
This year, she created Love Vincent so that her dog’s memory could live on.
She and her team send care packages to pet owners whose pets have been diagnosed with cancer. In the packages, there are items like treats, bandannas, toys and a special blanket.
“The blanket is nice because some of the people who receive our care packages, sometimes their animal passes quickly,” Hayes said. “And they actually say they keep the blanket for themselves and use it, which has been nice to hear.”
Though Hayes has helped pet owners through their losses, she said helping them has, in turn, actually helped her.
“I’m just blown away by the kindness people have given us, and it really helps me heal,” she said.
The care packages are for cats and dogs who currently have cancer or have had a cancerous tumor removed. A vet reference is required to confirm the diagnosis.