Transitioning into palliative care can be a stressful time, especially when it means moving far from home and loved ones.
Leaving behind pets can add to the distress.
A Tasmanian woman wanted to ease the burden by setting up a volunteer service that would transport terminally ill people’s pets to be with them in hospital.
Kimberly Elford, who runs a pet taxi service, was recently asked to drive two dogs from Wynyard in northern Tasmania to Hobart, where their owner was in palliative care.
It was about a four-hour drive.
“I refunded their money and asked if they needed the dogs minded while they were here,” she said.
“I was happy to do so and I did.”
The experience prompted Ms Elford to give a lot more thought to the needs of patients in end-of-life care.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about it, about how many people may need a service like this,” she said.
“It was a terribly …