Renowned local veterinarian Dr. Amir Shanan will present “Hospice and Other Choices for End of Life Care for Pets” on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House, 10910 S. Prospect Ave.

Shanan, DVM, certified hospice and palliative care veterinarian, has been in private practice in Chicago since 1985. After several years of practicing veterinary medicine, he realized that many loving pet parents had nowhere to go for the care and support they needed when their cherished companions approached the end of life. That prompted him to start offering in-home medical and consultation services for geriatric and seriously ill companion animals.

Shanan has helped thousands of pets and their families make the end of life a meaningful and cherished experience by providing information, nonjudgmental support and guidance in making the most difficult decisions. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a pioneer and leader in the emerging field of animal hospice and palliative care.

Shanan is the founder of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative care and the main editor of the first textbook on animal end of life care, published in 2017. He will share his approaches in trying to help fulfill the needs of pets and their families at times of transition and answer questions the audience might have on the many care options available.

Refreshments, following the lecture and discussion to provide time for additional dialogues, will be provided by Dessert First.

For more information and reservations, needed by Thursday, April 12, call (708) 638-6813 or email

A $5 donation is requested for the 501c3 to assist families unable to pay for end of life care for their companion animals.