Pet Loss Support Services
Support Groups
I offer a free support group for anyone that needs help.  The group is there to bring pet owners together during a very painful time. The tendency when you are in emotional pain is to stay at home and isolate. I think you will be surprised at the benefit of being with other grieving pet owners at this very confusing time.  You are not crazy!!! It hurts like hell so don't go through it alone.

Please fill the Consolation
 form on this page, and I will get back to with in the week. 

The Support Group is free of charge.

If you would like me to come to your home, school or Senior Centers the charge is $100 for travel and materials.  I am happy to come and have an open discussion about any and all concerns you, your friends and family may be dealing with. 

Seniors
The special issues surrounding seniors that have had to give up their pet is especially acute.  Seniors have likely had a lifetime of pet ownership and now are unable to care for themselves much less a pet.  Facing this can be frightening and frustrating. I can help work with them to reach resolution. NOT closure but peaceful resolution.

Children
I am experience in working with children. Dealing with the stages of grief is difficult for the whole family.  Together we can work out the issues that proceed and follow the loss of a pet.  

Feel free to call me at
503-804-9330 and leave a message.
 -Hilda Angell

Apollo and his little friend






Home Base Moving

Support Groups
Will now be offered in the North Utah Valley Area.
Updates coming soon.

The Support Group will be offered free of charge.

Individual Counseling 
Will now be offered via Phone and Email.
Starting the first Monday of December ( 12-04-2017 )
Please fill the Consolation form on this page, and I will get back to with in the week. 

In case of Emergency please call and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

This Chart should help provide objective information when making End of Life decisions.

     Quality of Life Scale 
The “HHHHHMM” Scale

Pet caregivers can use this Quality of Life Scale to help determine if a pet still has a good quality of life. Score patients using a scale of 1 to 10.  0 for poor quality of life and 10 for excellent quality of life.

 Score

Criterion

H: 0 – 10HURT – Adequate pain control, including breathing ability, is first and foremost on the scale. Is the pet’s pain successfully managed? Is oxygen necessary?
H: 0 – 10HUNGER – Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the patient require a feeding tube?
H: 0 – 10HYDRATION – Is the patient dehydrated? For patients not drinking enough, use subcutaneous fluids once or twice daily to supplement fluid intake.
H: 0 – 10HYGIENE – The patient should be brushed and cleaned, particularly after elmination. Avoid pressure sores and keep all wounds clean.
H: 0 – 10HAPPINESS – Does the pet express joy and interest? Is the pet responsive to things around him or her (family, toys, etc.)? Is the pet depressed, lonely, anxious, bored or afraid? Can the pet’s bed be close to the family activities and not be isolated?
M: 0 – 10MOBILITY – Can the patient get up without assistance? Does the pet need human or mechanical help (e.g. a cart)? Does the pet feel like going for a walk?  Is the pet having seizures or stumbling?  (Some caregivers feel euthanasia is preferable to amputation, yet an animal who has limited mobility but is still alert and responsive can have a good quality of life as long as caregivers are committed to helping the pet.)
M: 0 – 10MORE GOOD DAYS THAN BAD – When bad days outnumber good days, quality of life might be compromised. When a healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, the caregiver must be made aware the end is near. The decision needs to be made if the pet is suffering. If death comes peacefully and painlessly, that is okay.
*TOTAL=*A total >35 points is an indicator of acceptable quality of life in most instances.  Please consult with your veterinarian for a professional opinion.