DONOR FAMILIES

Through its work with State Line Animal Hospital and Wayside Waifs, cherishope.org is turning the loss of beloved pets into an opportunity to improve the health of future generations of dogs and cats.

Here are the stories of some generous owners and their pets whose organs were donated, leaving behind a lasting legacy.

Tiny, Jan and Lamont Hawthorne

Tiny Hawthorne

Tiny Hawthorne

After Jan and Lamont Hawthorne’s rescued Weimaraner, Tiny, attacked his brother, Tater, in April 2014, the family was faced with a decision no pet owner imagines making – ultimately deciding to euthanize Tiny. Determined to create a positive situation out of heartbreak, Jan quickly began researching pet organ donation, finding Likarda and its Kansas City-based pet organ donation network. - Read Tiny’s Story -

Blaire, Robyn and Gene Zwolinski

Blaire Zwolinski

Blaire Zwolinski

In early July, Robyn Zwolinski and her husband, Gene, decided it was time to put down their 13-year-old West Highland terrier, Blaire. The past couple years had been hard for Blaire: she had lost her sight and had begun to develop  a dogs version of dementia. When the time came to put Blaire down, the Zwolinski’s veterinarian asked a question that took them by surprise – if they wanted to donate Blaire’s pancreas.  Read Blaire’s story -