the Ophelia project
Ophelia, an 8-year-old boxer, was a happy, family-friendly dog, and there were many tears when her family moved, leaving Ophelia once again at Heartland Pet Connection to find her forever home. Ophelia had a number of health issues requiring surgery and continued monitoring. With the help of the HPC, our veterinarians and a special education program, Ophelia found her new life with a wonderful woman who agreed to assume the responsibility of Ophelia’s special care for the rest of her life.
The mission of the Heartland Pet Connection is to “serve as a voice for the human treatment of animals and work toward enhancing the connection of people, pets and education.” With the adoption of the Ophelia Project, the HPC continues its mission of compassion for the animals in its care.
The Ophelia Project is a hospice-type program developed in the fall of 2013 to honor Ophelia and all of the people that loved her. It ensures that all of the requirements of the special-need animal are met both before and after adoption. These include individual care for the elderly, unique medical care, provisions for special diet, medications and more.
The goal of the HPC is to create a connection between the Ophelia Project animal, the veterinarian and the new owner.