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Giving comfort to old and dying dogs, MACU pays it forward to Furever Haus

Kimberly Coonis, the founder of Furever Haus, shows the $500 she received in a Pay It Forward from Mountain America Credit Union.

Old and sick dogs are usually the first to be put down. They have little to no chance of being adopted.

But in Nampa, there’s an alternative to the pound and it is unique in Idaho.

It’s a 501(c)3 non-profit called Furever Haus. Think of it as both a retirement home for old dogs and a hospice for dying dogs.

Kimberly Coonis, the founder of Furever Haus, said “our goal is just to make them happy.”

Paul Kline, who volunteers at Meridian Canine Rescue, nominated Kimberly for a Pay It Forward. “She provides hospice care, which is probably one of the hardest aspects of rescue because you know the dog is probably in its end days,” Kline said. “And you're putting all your love, money and everything into just making sure whatever days they have left are the best days of their life.

Among the dogs at Furever Haus is Lulu, a 16-year-old Cocker Spaniel who has cancer, her brother, Rocky, who has seizures and a Lemon Beagle named Cali who was only given a couple months to live when they rescued him from a shelter. That was a year ago. Cali is still going strong.

At this writing, they have five dogs and two cats.

They figure once their remodeling is done, they will be able to care for up to 15 animals at a time.

Furever Haus remains a work in progress. “We weren’t planning on opening so soon,” said Kimberly. “This is kind of a construction zone right now.”

They’re updating a bathroom where the dogs can be bathed more easily. And they plan to compete a fence around their yard. For now, a temporary fence restricts the animals to a relatively small section.

While searching for donations, the Coonis family is spending a lot of their own money on forever Haus. That’s why a $500 Pay It Forward from Mountain America Credit Union means so much.

It keeps them on track to fulfill their mission.

“I like to know that I've made a difference. I like to know that they didn't die in a cold shelter or someplace on a concrete floor because somebody didn't want to love them. So, for us, it's just giving them … comfort and (letting them) know that they're loved.” Kimberly Coonis wants to make them happy and comfortable as their time on earth comes to an end.

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