When I first opened Arms of Aloha (beginning, as I’m fond of pointing out in speeches and interviews, as just me and a Rubbermaid box of supplies) and people would ask me what I do, I’d say almost apologetically, “Well, you know, I’m a veterinarian, but I’m actually opening this animal hospice….” Over time, I’ve learned to hold my head up and declare with confidence, “I’m a hospice veterinarian.” Animal lovers typically respond with some version of “I don’t know how you do it. That must be really tough.” This happens so often that I’ve advised everyone on our team to have a stock response.more…

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