Your Support Team

The Caretakers Animal Care are your support during this emotional time. We are dedicated professionals that will travel the end-of-life path with you and your companion animal. We are providers of compassionate and personalized care for your entire family, who are committed to excellence and humanity in all we do.

Elizabeth, RScP, AHP

Founder
Animal Hospice Consultant & Educator
Licensed Spiritual Practitioner
Author

Elizabeth met her first pet Fiona – a white cat – in her mid twenties. Fiona was a game-changer. What she didn’t know at that time was that Fiona would leave a legacy of pet hospice that Elizabeth would follow after she cared for her for over a year in hospice. Elizabeth continued to gravitate towards pet hospice, working in holistic veterinary care and animal lifestyles as a writer, a holistic pet food consultant and a pet loss and grief professional. Working for a mobile veterinary euthanasia service for six years, she saw a gap that was not being filled – the need for more options, more education and more support for caregivers and their companion animals at end-of-life. She volunteered with AHELP Project, took continuing education at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, discovered BrightHaven Animal Sanctuary and acquired her animal hospice practitioner education (Animal Hospice Group), while fulfilling a promise to the animal kingdom – I shall journey with you to the end and your voice will be heard, your preferences honored and your legacy engraved upon the hearts of those that loved you.”  Elizabeth is very comfortable talking about death and she wants animal caregivers to know all their options. 

Dr. Laura Hady, DVM

Resource Educator

Dr. Laura Hady was born in the small mountain community of High Rolls, New Mexico where she grew up in a family of fourteen children. Her interest in agriculture led her to obtaining a Bachelors of Animal Science from New Mexico State University in 1991 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1995. She spent the first eight years of her career in mobile and general mixed practice. Laura found her niche in physical rehabilitation and became certified in this veterinary specialty by the University of Tennessee in 2003. She started the first physical rehabilitation clinic for animals in the state of New Mexico with the mission to create comfort and mobility for animals in a fun, motivational, and educational environment. She undertook a Masters in Public Health soon after starting veterinary medical missions where she could help animals and their owners in Haiti. Her interest in writing and the human and animal bond has led her to The Caretakers where she has taken on the role of resource educator and review of medical records. Laura is emotionally and physically supported by four rescue dogs, two cats, a daughter in college and a wonderful husband named Pat.

Dr. Michele Yasson, DVM

Veterinary Homeopath

Michele Yasson is a holistic homeopathic veterinarian since 1987, the first veterinary student of noted veterinary homeopath Dr. Richard Pitcairn. She is a pioneering elder in the field of holistic veterinary medicine and telemedicine. She has a long history of a broad range of success treating severe chronic issues, many considered incurable – from cancer to behavioral problems – as well as starting puppies and kittens on the road to optimal health and longevity, all by phone and video consultation. Her hobbies range from endurance running, biking, swimming, and triathlon (an 8-time Ironman finisher) to playing guitar and ukulele and studying A Course in Miracles. She lives with and loves dearly – Zoe the incorrigible Chihuahua, Ru the sweet Blackmouth Cur, Willy II the very chatty Siamese, and JoAnn the Colonel.

Raia

Professional Support

Raia is a human hospice chaplain and grief counselor and began counseling people after the loss of their pets. She noticed the similarities between humans preparing for, coping with, and moving through their loss, whether it was for humans or animals. Raia’s credentials include training as a spiritual chaplain, grief recovery counselor, as well as trans-personal/spiritual counseling, energy healing, and assisting people with their spiritual growth. A session with RAIA will help you move with more ease and grace and empowerment through the end-of-life journey for you and your beloved companion animal.

Veronica

Aromatherapy

Veronica creates personalized essential oil formulas for people, pets and horses. A session with Veronica will allow her to blend a one-of-a-kind original signature formula that will support you and your pet during illness, old age and end-of-life. Aromatherapy helps manage pain, reduce stress and restores comfort. It can bring a pet and their person out of trauma into healing in a holistic and heart-centered way. Veronica also has pre-made formulas that are a balm for the healing heart.

Julie

Reiki

Julie is an Reiki practitioner who supports people and their pets through all stages of life, with a focus on comfort at end of life. Reiki can clear energetic imbalances, reduce anxiety, manage pain, bring peace and serenity to pet and family days, hours and moments before transition and assist in a peaceful passage onwards to their next big adventure.  Reiki can assist pet parents after the loss of their beloved animal as they move through their sacred grieving process. Reiki can be in person or remote. A healing session (virtual or  in person) for people can be a potent healing agent as Julie combines some relaxing yoga, Reiki and an astrology reading. 

Flora

Social Media

Flora is the office social butterfly. She loves to meet and greet and get as many pets as possible. She can often be found surfing Instagram and Facebook posting her infamous blogs on the life of the much-loved-pooch. She is deeply loved and is an integral part of The Caretakers Animal Care in ways we cannot begin to quantify. 

Professional Support

Pet loss is a game-changer. Talking to someone who understands pet loss can be beneficial, can ease your burden or care and can take away that feeling of isolation. You will find comfort, you will find a way forward, and you will find release when you share your feelings with someone who has been there.  We support our industry professionals as well in their emotional and spiritual well-being with private sessions via phone or virtual. We take appointments seven days a week and urgent calls are ok. You need the help when you need the help.

$65 – Virtual   /   $125 – In Person

Pet Parents

Pet Parents experience a unique loss and grief that requires unique care and support. Talking to somebody who has been there, who understands and can hold a safe space, can make the world of difference. Share your story with someone who cares and experience the healing power of a shared experience, non-judgement and authentic compassion.

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Industry Professionals

Industry Professionals – We all know it takes a village and if we don’t have support for you and your team, we are missing a major component of what makes our profession great. If you haven’t practiced much self care, it’s ok. We can help you figure it out and make it a priority in your daily life. You got the calling to help animals and we support you in a way you deserve, and in a way that allows you to continue to follow your calling with joy.

Industry Support/Workshops

“I wasn’t aware there was hospice care for animals, so when I found The Caretakers imagine my surprise.  Troy, my Great Dane, was so confused that his legs were failing him – yet he was fully there in every other way. We were able to keep him comfortable for longer than expected with palliative care. That extra time made all the difference – to us and most importantly – to Troy. Troy was euthanized at home with a very compassionate Doctor. We didn’t need the ashes back because we had accumulated so many beautiful memories along the way.”

– The “Troy” Family