A terminally ill shelter dog, who was able to enjoy loads of unconditional love and attention over the past several months, as well as fun bucket list, has passed away. News of Howard’s death was released on Monday by the Humane Society of Johnson County (HSJC).
The Indiana shelter wrote:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our sweet, sweet HOWARD. We have peace in knowing he had an amazing last 6 months of life, the love of a family, a bucket list completed and fur friends from all around.
The shelter added:
This is the most difficult part of the job, we try our hardest to focus on the positive in these times, the tail wags, the kisses, and the pure love that these animals give us. With that said, we ask you go squeeze your 4 legged friend a little harder and more often today.
The beloved golden retriever was taken in at the shelter in August 2016. Howard had initially arrived at the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control as a stray before he was transferred to HSJC. Humane Society shelter staff immediately fell in love with the amiable senior dog, and hearts were shattered when a veterinary exam later revealed that Howard was stricken with terminal cancer.
HSJC wanted what remained of Howard’s life to be incredibly special, so they created a bucket list for him to enjoy. As the months passed, Howard was treated to a variety of activities, ranging from being an honorary fire dog, to enjoying ice cream at Mrs. Curls.
In less than a year’s time, Howard managed to impact many people who knew him personally, and from afar. Howard leaves behind a legacy – thanks to a GoFundMe campaign, nearly $2,000 was raised in order to help other sick animals have the opportunity to experience joy at the end of their life…just like Howard did.
Prior article about Howard at this link.
(Photos via Humane Society of Johnson County)