As someone approaches the end of their life, it becomes crucial to sort out their affairs, and for Valerie Alexander, a resident in Philadelphia, making arrangements for her pets is especially important.
It’s a sad reality that countless cats and dogs end up in shelters once their owners pass away, left to face an uncertain future after the devastating loss.
However, a woman diagnosed with a terminal illness is determined to find the new home for her loving dog before she dies.
FOX 29 reported that Valerie Alexander has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and has only a few weeks left to live. Her final desire is to locate a home for Rosie, her loyal pit bull that has accompanied with her for the last five years.
“She’s part of my family,” Valerie told FOX 29. “She’s my child.”
Valerie’s topmost priority is to ensure that Rosie is in good hands after her passing. She is determined to find the perfect household for her furry friend and even wishes to meet the adopters.
“I want to make sure she gets as much love after I’m gone as she gives. I don’t want her to be sad, or locked in a cage or treated badly. I want someone who loves her.”
Rosie is an energetic and lively dog, so Valerie wishes to find an owner who has a large backyard for her to play in. She would also like a home with no other pets.
While Valerie was in hospice, her friend Charles Bowles was looking after Rosie and helped search for a new home for Rosie. He said on Facebook that Rosie would probably have ended up on a kill list in a shelter if her pals hadn’t taken care of the puppy.
Additionally, he commended Valerie as one of the most resilient individuals he has encountered, for defying her diagnosis and persevering to ensure her best friend is taken care of before her passing.
“One of the most heartbreaking yet beautiful stories I have seen,” he wrote.