Our Approach

In-Home Veterinary Hospice & Euthanasia

We specialize in compassionate and gentle home euthanasia, tailoring each experience to honour the unique and special bond between pets and their families. Our dedicated team and heartfelt approach ensures a calm and peaceful environment for both pets and their families during this sensitive time.

Our Process

Our process begins with a complimentary consultation over the phone, where we’ll assess your pet’s quality of life and address your concerns surrounding end-of-life care.

Should hospice care options be available to assist with your pet’s comfort, well-being, and dignity over the short term, these will be discussed. If, however, we mutually determine that humane euthanasia is the most compassionate choice for your pet, we’ll work together to schedule an appointment. Our team at Resting Paws is available to assist you 7 days a week on an appointment basis with limited availability for same day emergency appointments.

We extend a warm invitation to all family members, additional pets, and supportive friends to be present during the appointment. Your comforting presence and the support of loved ones play a crucial role in creating a compassionate experience for both you and your cherished companion.

Your Scheduled Appointment

On the day of your scheduled appointment, our team will arrive at your home where we’ll begin by reviewing the process, starting with a detailed explanation of each step in our compassionate home euthanasia service. We are here to address any questions or concerns you may have along the way, ensuring transparency and understanding. Your peace of mind and your pet’s comfort are our top priorities, and we are dedicated to providing the support and information you need during this emotional time.

A gentle, deep sedative will then be provided to your pet in order to help ease their transition and provide additional comfort. While surrounded by their loved ones, your pet will then peacefully drift asleep while laying either on your lap or in their favourite area of the home, ensuring that this transition is filled with warmth and tenderness.

Once your pet is resting comfortably, our skilled professionals will establish IV catheter access. We understand the importance of time and privacy during this emotional moment which is why, prior to administering the final injection, we ensure that you and your family have the space you need to share in any precious moments and final goodbyes in a peaceful and meaningful manner.

The final injection is then administered with utmost compassion, allowing your cherished companion to pass peacefully in the loving and familiar environment of home.

With the utmost respect, your pet is then gently transported with dignity to the crematorium where your wishes for aftercare will be arranged.
Throughout the process, we are committed to personalizing this experience to profoundly honour the unique bond you share with your pet. We welcome any preferences or special considerations, as we strive to create a customized and meaningful farewell that reflects the depth of your connection.

Our Mission

Providing compassionate end-of-life care for pets in the comfort of home.

At Resting Paws, we are committed to honouring the cherished bond between pets and their families. Our mission is to provide compassionate and peaceful end-of-life care in the comfort of home, ensuring a dignified farewell for beloved companions.

Care Team

In-home hospice and veterinary services tailored to your pet’s unique needs

Resting Paws ensures personalized care and emotional support for your cherished pet during their end-of-life journey. Our experienced team ensures your pet’s comfort and dignity in the familiar and loving environment of your home

Meet Dr. Vanessa Papiernik

Founder and Lead Veterinarian at Resting Paws

CAETA certified practitioner (Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy)

Ontario Veterinary College Graduate, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2011

McGill University, BSc. Animal Biology

After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011, Dr. Vanessa discovered that what is often deemed the “toughest part of her job” as a veterinarian, is, actually, what she has found to be the most rewarding.

With a diverse background spanning emergency medicine and surgery, shelter medicine, general practice, and hospice care, Dr. Vanessa brings a wealth of experience to Resting Paws.

Read More About Vanessa

Her passion for end-of-life care took root in 2016 while working in her hometown of Ottawa under the mentorship of Dr. Lianna Titcombe, an international leader in the field of humane euthanasia. It is here where she found great fulfillment in the privilege of guiding families and their terminally ill pets through what is often considered one of the most difficult goodbyes. Apart from her hands on experience, Dr. Vanessa is also certified in best euthanasia practices by The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA).

Having navigated deep losses herself, Dr. Vanessa felt compelled to transform the pain of her grief into a greater purpose. She is driven by a deep desire to make a meaningful impact by elevating the standards of gentle euthanasia for the pets and their families of Victoria.

Outside her role as a veterinarian, Dr. Vanessa is not only a dedicated yogi but, also an enthusiastic yoga instructor and meditation teacher. Driven by her passion for holistic well-being, Dr. Vanessa brings a unique perspective and a calm, warm approach to both veterinary medicine and yoga, enriching the lives of pets and their families.

She shares her home with 3 senior, gentle companions including Paddie, her sweet and loveable German shorthaired pointer and her two cats Nugget and Piper.

Care Team

Our Compassionate Client Care Specialists


Care Team

Our Caring Technicians


Care Team

Additional Doctors

Dr. Amanda Ahokas

Resting Paws is growing!

Join Our Team

We are committed to elevating the standards of euthanasia across Vancouver Island. If you feel called to participate in this deeply fulfilling work, reach out and start a conversation with us. We are actively recruiting compassionate client care representatives, skilled technicians, and caring veterinarians. To fulfill our mission, prioritizing work-life balance and safeguarding mental health is of the utmost importance. We recognize that the nature of our work requires a compassionate and well-supported team, and we are dedicated to fostering an environment that values the well-being of our staff. By prioritizing self-care and a healthy work-life balance, we ensure that our team can continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients and their families. Part-time, casual and flexible hours are available.