Saying goodbye to a family pet is always hard to do.
Ken Wilson lost his 13- year-old dog, Ash, last year.
“It’s so hard when you have to work and take care of a pet. A kennel wasn’t good enough because they are a member of the family and he needed 24-hour supervision," Wilson said.
Wilson says he used a hospice center in Sorrento Valley that helped him cope in the last couple of months with his dog.
Into the Sunset opened this month and is the first hospice center of its kind in the nation.
Created after the owner Vivianne Villanueva lost her own dog, Lily, to cancer, the center aims to be a one-stop shop for your pet when they are reaching the end of their life.
She realized there wasn’t a group to help her after losing what she considered a member of the family.
“I wanted this to be a place where people could come so we could address their needs and it to be a warm, serene, loving environment. We wanted it to be a place that they felt comfortable and supported,” Villanueva said,
The consulting can cost up to $300 but overall costs vary depending on your pet’s needs.
The center offers acupuncture, nutritional care and ways to memorialize your pet once they are gone.