We are a veterinarian/veterinary technician team who offer in-home veterinary end of life care services to families throughout the greater Seattle area.
After spending the majority of our careers working in specialty hospitals we witnessed time and time again the heartbreak, stress, and devastation that inevitably occurred when a family was forced to say good-bye to a beloved family pet in the heat of an emergent situation.
Those who were able to muster the courage to do “what was best” for their pet found little comfort in knowing that they had in fact done the right thing, and those who were able to take their pet home had few resources to guide them through keeping their pet comfortable.
We Got Started...
In 2013 we began practicing in home end of life care for veterinary patients to provide an alternative that would support and honor the entire family through this difficult albeit inevitable transition. In that time we found that the comfort and peace a pet and their family feel in their own home can cause this heartbreaking situation to go from tragic to peaceful and even a beautiful experience.
In 2016, after seeing first hand the peace this service afforded so many families, we decided to practice end of life care exclusively and Gentle Hands Cherished Paws was born. Our hope is to continue helping to educate and empower pet parents to better care for their pets during their golden years and to provide support to their families during this difficult transition.
Quality of Life Consultation
A consultation to determine a plan based off quality of life.
Dr. Jason, Tory and staff...
Dr. Jason, Tory and staff are amazing human beings. They are so compassionate and their love for animals is imprinted on their souls. Dr. Jason has been with me and/or my dad at least 10 times over the past 12 years to help our furry family members (both dogs and cats) cross over. He makes a very hard day as calming and comforting as it can be. He explains every step of the process along the way. If you are still trying to figure out what the path should be for you and your pet, he is also a wealth of knowledge and great help in making those decisions. I highly recommend his services.
The Sweetest Girl
I want to thank Gentle Hands Cherished Paws for being so gentle and understanding when I made the decision no pet owner wants to make. Christina was gentle, kind, and compassionate when she helped Jasmine pass over the rainbow. Jasmine was my light, my best friend, most of all my girl. Thank you for taking such good care of her.
Thank you Jason, very much.
Jason is very professional. He states early on how the euthanize procedure will happen. He answers any questions you may have and lets you take your time to say goodbye to your pet. He is compassionate and makes you feel comfortable with his years of veterinary knowledge. We are very glad we chose Gentle Hands Cherished Paws to guide us through our final moments with our loving cat Maya.
We have had to put 7 animals down so far in my lifetime and by far Dr. Jason’s process was the best. In my past experiences the sedation part prior to the injection of the pentobarbital is very quick. Dr. Jason’s sedation medication was just enough to allow her to go to sleep slowly which gave us plenty of time to say goodbye to her and comfort her while she was moving through this journey. It wasn’t rushed. Also, Dr. Jason was very compassionate and very patient through the whole process.
Thank you very much for helping us take care of Tommy, very special thanks to Dr. Christina, such a gentle and compassionate woman…so glad she provided her service….we both are so grateful to you
Jes and Alicia
We are extremely grateful for...
We are extremely grateful for the care, kindness and compassion that Dr. Christina Crouthers demonstrated recently when we had to euthanize Turbo, our beloved family pet of 17+ years.
Christina made two visits to our home before the euthanization to diagnose and attempt to treat our pet before determining, via a blood draw and subsequent evaluation, that he was entering into terminal kidney failure. This was a dramatically different (better!) experience than I am confident we all would have had if we had gone to an emergency pet hospital.
Even though all care was provided during the Christmas holidays, Christina was always prompt with her response to our inquiries and complete in her explanation of all findings. She was even in contact on at least two occasions with the veterinary clinic that had been Turbo’s provider for many years, obtaining medical records and soliciting information from them. For all of this, we are most grateful.
Compassionate care for a peaceful passing.
Dr. Jason has a huge heart filled with compassion. He is very personable and down to earth. Dr. Jason answered all our questions and thoroughly explained the euthanasia process and aftercare choices from start to finish. Although heartbroken, our family felt at peace every step of the way thanks to Dr. Jason. I would highly recommend his services and would definitely use Dr. Jason again. Thank you for making this very difficult process a peaceful transition for our beloved Shadow and ourselves.
Such compassion during a difficult time
We cannot express our gratitude enough for Dr. Jason and the services he provided to our family over the weekend. We had two elderly dogs that we said goodbye to. All our adult children were here, and he was kind and caring during the whole process. He answered every question with kindness, and we could tell his heart hurt with ours, even though we knew we were doing the right thing. It was such a peaceful and calm moment for our dogs, and I am so thankful we could take care of them in their final moments in their own home, on their beds, without fear.
I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Jason and his team if you are ever faced with this difficult decision, it is by far the most peaceful way to say goodbye to your pets!
Thank you for your compassion
We are so thankful for the kindness and compassion shown by Gentle Hands Cherished Paws. I spoke with Dr. Jason last week to discuss a consultation for our beloved Sir Bon Bon who had longstanding gut motility and constipation issues. Since adoption in April 2021 we have tried switching his diet, changing brands, high fiber vs low fiber, and putting him on stool softeners and meds. He had several vet visits and a hospital at the local ER hospital for deobstipation. Our Bon Bon appeared to be having more frequent flares and appeared to be in pain. He started eating less, became more lethargic, and hid more from us. I have never had to make this type of call before on any of my furry friends in the past so I didn’t know quite what to expect. Dr. Jason was so kind to listen and set up an appointment for a consultation the following day. The vet that came out to the house the next day (I’m so sorry, I wish I could recall her name) was so kind, so compassionate and had thoroughly reviewed Bon Bon’s records upon arrival. We were able to ask questions about his long-standing quality of life and an exam confirmed our worst fears. He was severely obstipated. With her guidance, we decided that since he was on the upper dosing max for all the meds and had had so many prior procedures before for a clean out that we would say goodbye to our beloved friend. She explained everything so well, was so gentle with Bon Bon, and allowed us time to give him kisses and hugs. Your kindness and compassion during the whole time were just amazing and comforting to us in a very difficult time for us. We truly can’t express in words just how thankful we feel. From the bottom of our hearts thank you. The Whitby Family
Gentle Hands is the best!
I experienced a very hard decision that I had to make to put my 16 year dog Lucky down. Lucky was a very compassionate dog and had lived a very long life, but still it is not easy to put your best friend down even if you know he is suffering with multiple health issues. What I did know was that I could not take him somewhere to have him put down. Because Lucky was a family friend to my sisters, nieces, great nephews and niece. I wanted them to be able to come not only for support for me but for Lucky too.
So I contacted Gentle hands and Dr. Goodwin came about 6 months ago to assess Lucky’s health. We decided we would just let him go through the aging process. Well I contacted them again a couple of weeks ago and yet another med was prescribed. After a couple of weeks I decided it was time to let my little friend go. So I called Dr. Goodwin again and set the date. I had never been through this before, but Dr. Goodwin’s gentleness and explaining the steps helped me to know Lucky was in good hands. While I cried through the process it was seamless and my family and I could say nothing but good things about Dr.Goodwin. His is such a gentle soul with much compassion. If you find yourself reading this review, contact them as they are the very Best !