Healthy Living

Mar 27, 2014 2:18 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Helping Paws finds home for four-legged friends

You hear the word cancer and your life quickly changes. Cancer is an emotional journey and a medical one.

While every person's journey is unique, there are some universal stops. One, what happens if someone doesn't survive? Who will take care of everyone and everything the person loves -- down to the smallest, but sometimes most valuable?

"He is kind of the boss," said Jen Mobley, who recently adopted Mr. Mister.

Mr. Mister's old home was a loving one. But like many of life's journeys, this one took an unexpected turn.

"He is a lot like a dog that we lost recently. I think that is why I asked about him, the picture reminded me of him," said Mrs. Mobley.

Unknown to Jen Mobley, Mr. Mister's original owner was dying of cancer. That owner, Linda, received treatment in the same office as Jen's husband, who also has cancer.

"I saw his picture hanging in Dr. Spillan's office," said Mrs. Mobley.

When cancer takes a life, there is a great deal of loss, and sometimes, our four legged friends are left behind. They need someone to pick up where their owners left off.

For Mr. Mister, his new home came as a result of the most unsuspecting of match makers.

"He's the best success story," said Erin Spillan, who is 14-year-old. "I realized that a dog is someone's best friend and that's all they care about sometimes and they are really happy to know that their dog will be taken care of.

When she was in the 5th grade, she created Helping Paws, for those whose journey is faced with cancer.

"We can find them a home or while they are going through treatment we can walk or feed them or take them to the vet," said Erin.

It's one less thing the patient and their family have to think about.

As for Mr. Mobley, "He's hanging in there and he likes Mister Mister!" said Jen.

If you know of a cancer patient who needs help with their pet, call Coastal Integrative Cancer Care at (805)543-5577 or the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at (805)542-6234.

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