Old Souls was founded after years of helping friends and family with end-of-life care for their beloved animal companions. I felt honored to be a part of this important time in their lives and was passionate about making their remaining time together as happy and healthy as possible, both physically and emotionally.
After working in small animal practice for most of my career, I have always been conscious of the growing need for veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia services. Giving clients the option to avoid a trip to the hospital during this sensitive time was something I have always felt very strongly about.
My first home euthanasia patient was Franz, my beloved 18-year-old cat who had succumbed to renal failure. I remember thinking how I couldn't imagine subjecting my sweet boy to any stress at that point in his fragile life after everything we had been through together. Instead, we spent the entire day together napping, cuddling, and reminiscing. I brought him outside one last time so he could see the view from our moss covered porch that he had spent so many sunny days lounging upon. When the time was right, Franz passed peacefully by my side.
The entire experience was beautiful, calm and serene. At that moment, I wished every companion animal and their humans could experience the same, so I helped several friends and family in similar situations over the years.
As an animal lover and long time rescuer, I know all too well the anxiety and anticipatory grief you are experiencing as you contemplate the next step(s) for your companion. I am devoted to helping you make the best decision at the best time for your companion and your family.
My mission is to provide compassionate and conscientious geriatric, hospice and end-of-life veterinary care and to help with a peaceful and dignified journey in the comfort of your loving home. I can also assist with gentle delivery of your animal companion to the crematory closest to your home.
I work with most small animal species including cats, dogs, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, as well as chickens, pigeons, parakeets, cockatiels, and other small companion birds. I'm licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of New York, so I'm limited to clients in New York only. I maintain membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. In addition, I have been an Educator for the House Rabbit Society for over 25 years. I look forward to meeting and helping you and your furry or feathered friend.
~Laura George, DVM