COVID 19 update - August 12, 2020
As of 8/12/20 I am still providing at-home euthanasia. We will need to take as many precautions as possible to keep everyone safe. In order to limit our exposure, we will need to determine the best location for the procedure - this will likely be outside in your yard for dogs and in/out cats. For inside only cats, I will meet you outside for paperwork and then meet you in the doorway for the sedative injection. I am not entering houses at this time - in order to be as safe a possible. If is raining or not ideal outside, we can discuss using a garage, screened-in porch or rescheduling. I will wear a mask and everyone present must wear a mask as well. If needed, I will ask you to open/close doors such that I have as little contact as possible with your environment. If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please make this very clear during our initial phone conversation. I hope that you all stay safe and healthy.
Euthanasia during the best of times is very difficult, right now is it even more difficult to say good bye.
Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support offers support before and after the euthanasia.
Q: How do I know when it is the right time for euthanasia?
A: If you are asking this question, you are likely concerned about your pet's quality of life. You may choose to have a quality of life consult with your vet (via in-clinic appointment or using a telemedicine option) if you are struggling with when to euthanize. Below is a link to a quality of life scale - this may be helpful in evaluating your companion's quality of life.
Cats are especially good at hiding their pain. This cat grimace scale may be helpful in accessing if your cat is in pain.
Q: What if Paws Finding Peace is not available?
A: Paws Finding Peace is not available at all times. Other local veterinarians who provide at-home euthanasia can be found at: inhomepeteuthanasia.com. For assistance after hours visit Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (VESH) in South Deerfield, MA or
Q: What areas does Paws Finding Peace cover?
A: Dr. Atkins is licensed in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Please visit the page entitled "at-home euthanasia" for information regarding travel fees. You can search inhomepeteuthanasia.com for veterinarians outside of MA and CT.
Q: How much notice does Paws Finding Peace need?
A: I am usually able to accommodate same day appointments if you call between 8-9am (weekdays). It is always best not to wait until a pet is in critical condition to call and discuss euthanasia.
There is a saying in end-of-life care, "it is better to euthanize 3 days too early than 3 minutes to late".
Q: Is end-of-life care covered by pet insurance?
A: Some insurance policies do cover end-of-life care, you will need to check the details of your plan. Upon request, PFP will email you a receipt to submit to the insurance company. PFP is always willing to complete any paperwork needed for pet insurance.
Q: Does the Paws Finding Peace caller ID say "Lee, MA"?
A: Yes, my caller ID will say "Lee, MA". However, I live in Holyoke, MA. I have made multiple requests to change the caller ID information but so far have had no luck.
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash, personal check or credit card. I have a square reader that connects using my phone. You can make checks out to "Paws Finding Peace".