Horse Pays Beautiful Final Visit To Her Dying Owner
Update: The Hamilton Spectator reports that Stephanie McManus passed away on Thursday, January 21 - less than 24 hours after seeing Luna.
A Canadian woman's difficult hospitalization was made a little more comfortable Wednesday when her best friend paid her a visit.
Fifty-five-year-old Stephanie McManus, who is receiving palliative, or relief-based, care for cancer at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, spent a few precious moments with her beloved Luna after the horse showed up to the hospital for a last goodbye.
The visit was organized by Zachary's Paws for Healing, a foundation that sponsors companion animal visits to hospital patients. The organization was founded in honor of Zachary Noble, an animal lover and former Juravinski patient who passed away from Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014.
"Zachary spent many weeks in and out of the hospital," the foundation's website reads. "During that time, he longed to see and hold his favorite dogs."
"With him as our inspiration and feeling his guiding hand on our shoulders, we have made Zachary's Paws for Healing his lasting legacy," it continues.
Luna's visit was a particularly moving event for the hospital. "What you guys did today at Juravinski was amazing," a hospital staff member wrote on Facebook. "We are all so happy that you guys were able to grant that patient her dying wish."
"From all of us, thank you," he added.
Zachary's Paws for Healing has arranged visits for dozens for Juravinski patients and their companion animals - mostly dogs and cats. Luna is the first horse to visit the facility, but, with any luck, she won't be the last.
"She [Luna] is an animal that brings joy to people's lives," McManus told the Hamilton Spectator.
You can learn more about Zachary's Paws for Healing here.