New initiative to bring DSPCA ‘hotel for dogs’ to sick patients in Crumlin Children’s Hospital

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A new charity initiative will help bring a DSPCA “hotel for dogs” to sick patients and their families at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Cian’s Kennels will allow sick children to see their pets while they are in hospital.

Cian Neary was just 15 when he became ill with a very rare form of Lymphoma.

His dog and best friend Cooper, a golden Labrador, brought so much happiness to the sad days that Cian and his family had to go through.

The family managed to find kennels near the hospital and Cian was able to spend time with Cooper most days during his treatment.

Cian’s family were inspired to start this new charity in his memory after he passed away in 2019.

Pets will stay at the nearby DSPCA pet hotel and will be transported by Cian’s Kennels to the hospital to visit sick children.

His family said in the fundraiser: “Our world fell apart when Cian was diagnosed with hepatosplenic T cell lymphoma in September 2018.

“While in hospital in the early days of diagnosis we asked him if there was anything we could get him to make him feel better. We already knew the answer!

“And a few weeks later Cooper, a gorgeous golden Labrador puppy joined our other dog and cat as part of our animal family.

“Cian was on various treatments over the next six months and because he was spending a lot of time at home the bond between him and Cooper strengthened.

“Time spent with Cooper, exercising and training him became the highlight of his days at home in between hospital stays and treatments.”

Work is now under way at Crumlin Children’s Hospital where a family area is being built so that pets can visit their loved ones during the day to distract them from their sickness.

The DSPCA pet hotel will allow furry friends to stay overnight so that they can visit their little loved ones every day in hospital.

Cian’s Kennels will transport them to the DSPCA and collect them each day so they can bring comfort and love to sick children.

The family continued: “Cian was about to commence on the road to bone marrow transplant when he became very ill in June 2019 and spent the next three months in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

“When in hospital, Cian pined for Cooper. With the support and goodwill of many people and organisations, we managed to bring Cooper to Dublin and base him in kennels near the hospital.

“Cian visited Cooper most days, and we cannot overstate the positive impact this had for Cian.

“Cian remained in hospital and on treatment until the last week of his life, and having Cooper based near the hospital allowed him to enjoy many occasions and outings in Dublin knowing Cooper was safe nearby.

“For us, as a family, these outings and the time Cian spent with Cooper became the basis of lasting, precious memories for us when Cian sadly lost his battle for life in the early hours of September 23, 2019.

“We experienced first-hand the joy Cooper brought Cian and us during the most difficult days. We have also experienced the impact childhood illness and extended hospital stays have on the families involved.

“We now hope to continue that journey in Cian’s memory by bringing pets closer to sick children and their families.”

You can help support this wonderful charity here.

Families who wish to avail of services can email [email protected] or phone 085 1488660.

Further information on Cian’s Kennels can be found at: www.cianskennels.ie.

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