Woman opens up her home for senior and severely ill dogs

Posted at 7:35 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 07:35:15-04

NAMPA, Idaho — Not all heroes wear capes.

For senior and severely ill dogs in Idaho and neighboring states, their hero is a Nampa woman named Kimberly Coonis.

With 16 years working with elderly people, Kimberly noticed that it was her patients' beloved elderly or sick pets that were left behind with nowhere to go. Those pets were often taken to shelters or euthanized for being "too old" or "too sick." A natural caregiver and animal lover, Kimberly saw an opportunity to take those dogs and make what was left of their lives comfortable.

The Coonis family lives in Nampa where they run Furever Haus. Furever Haus accepts all elderly or severely ill dogs and, with the help of donors, are able to support their basic and medical needs.

With almost a dozen dogs hanging around the house and because of their conditions, Kimberly and her family have to say a lot of goodbyes. But death doesn't deter this family from doing what they do.

"To me, it's about the warmth of just being in their life and being able to help them and hold them when they cross over instead of being alone," Coonis said.

If you'd like to learn more about Furever Haus or would like to send a donation that goes 100% to the animals, click here.