Animal Hospice Loves All, Welcomes All

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Some animals need a safe place to land to live the final leg of their life bathed in love and dignity.  Animal Hospice of NY, Inc. is one of those places.

Bruce Van Bramer shares his home (once a Catskills Mountain resort) with a menagerie of terminally ill, abused, and abandoned animals, including cats, dogs, goats, pigs, and a variety of fowl. With the help of donations and compassionate volunteers, Van Bramer provides the animals with comprehensive medical and dental care, food, and a safe haven to reside for the remainder of their lives, however long that may be.

Inside, there are approximately 40 cats. “They all have names, not numbers,” Van Bramer said. The indoor animals go through about 15 pounds of dry cat food and 40 to 60 cans each day, with the the dogs requiring more. Price Chopper, a local grocery store chain, donates all the food, litter, and disinfectant. As far as medical bills go, nearby Ulster Animal Hospital has been generous with their care and kindness toward the residents of the hospice.

Although donations help keep the operation running, sometimes it’s not enough. Van Bramer recently had to sell his cherished 1977 Harley Davidson in order to pay his property taxes. “My priority is not the Harley, it’s the animals,” he said.

Yes, unconditional love and humanity is alive and well in upstate New York.

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