We are a veterinarian/veterinary technician team who offer in home veterinary hospice and 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. 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.
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At Gentle Hands Cherished Paws we believe in caring for the mind, body, and spirit of our patients and the hearts of their caregivers; and while a large part of our practice is to facilitate a peaceful passing for our patients, we offer so much more including:


Thank You from Winston, Maggie, Kathryn and Kevin

Thank you for your compassion and care with my best friend, Winston. 14.5 years was still not enough time with him. Encouraging us to allow his partner, Maggie, to also say goodbye was the right thing to do… although heart wrenching. I am so glad there are special people like you in the world, Dr. Jason.

“A dog in your family will bring you some of the most joyful days of your life…and one of the worst.” –Unknown

Ari was diagnosed with a tumor on his heart valve end of January. Because of his symptoms, we knew it had been growing. The vets at the emergency care did not give me much hope for more than a few weeks. I was so shocked. A friend of mine gave me the contact information for Gentle Hands Cherished Paws for palliative care. Dr. Jason was amazing. He came for several consults and was available for questions in between visits. He became Ari’s primary doctor for the remaining time. Dr. Jason got to know Ari and because of that, I felt confident that I would have a partner in helping Ari to be comfortable and help me know when it is time to let go. As it happened, Ari and I (and his pack mate) had 3 months together, the last of which I was off work. The most important part for me was quality of life to do doggie things and enjoy life–not keep him medicated and alive because I wasn’t ready. Truth be told, I wasn’t ever “ready” to let go of him, but when the day came that Ari started to suffer, Dr. Jason explained everything, treated Ari and me with compassion and respect, gave me time to absorb each phase and was gentle and respectful even after Ari was gone. Ari’s packmate was allowed to come see him after so she knew what happened. So much better than the sterile, scary atmosphere in an office.
I am so thankful for the service Dr. Jason provides. I would highly recommend Gentle Hands Cherished Paws to anyone in need of hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life planning.

Angie, Jay, Marley Norman and Phoebe

Testimonials and Reviews - Dogs Veterinary Care Service

We can’t say enough good things about Dr. Jason and Tory. They are and have been the most comforting and nurturing people. If you are looking for the best end of life care for your pet and for someone who will help you know how and when to make the hard decision, you could not ask for better people. There is nothing more comforting than being able to say goodbye to your loved one in your own home and we are so grateful for Gentle Hands Cherished Paws that they provide this service.

Thank you Dr. Jason and Tory. You each have been given a gift of compassion for both animals and their humans. Losing our dogs has been one of the hardest things we have ever gone through. Thank you for helping us navigate uncharted territory and for making something so sad, a little more beautiful. We are forever grateful.

Jacob and Amy Inman

Testimonials and Reviews - Cat Veterinary Hospital in United State

Recently Moustache Girl, our sweet 6 year old kitty, was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. She had been having episodes of vomiting, lethargy and she lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. My wife and I made the difficult decision to say goodbye and we preferred that this happen in the comfort of our own home and while she still had a little fire left in her. We called Dr. Jason Goodwin with Gentle Hands Cherished Paws and scheduled an appointment for the next morning. When Dr. Jason arrived he gently examined our sweet girl and went over the recent diagnostics performed by our regular veterinarian. We discussed how Moustache Girl had been doing and talked about our concerns for her quality of life and all agreed that this was the best decision for her. Dr. Jason then explained the process to us with his calm demeanor and wonderful bedside manner. We were very happy with the service that Dr. Jason provides and are grateful we got to say goodbye on our terms. We have 2 dogs and another cat and when the time comes Dr. Jason Goodwin with Gentle Hands Cherished Paws will be the first and only person we call. RIP Moustache Girl. We miss and love you always.

G. Nakamaru, Bellevue, WA

On behalf of our whole family, I’d like to thank you for making the passing of Lady dignified and compassionate. You’re professionalism and empathy is truly appreciated.

A. Gilmore

In 2013 my loving companion, Oliver was diagnosed with degenerative neuropathy. The news was devastating as I knew what was to come. Over the next 2 years his mobility slowly declined. In the beginning his care was monitored by various specialists. Every treatment was exhausted. He also had 2 bouts with cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. About a year ago he went into hospice due to the decline in his mobility. That’s when Dr. Jason and Tory became his primary care givers. They helped keep him comfortable and allowed him quality of life. They gave him and myself the gift of a few more months together. When the time came to say goodbye my family was able to come from out of town to be able to celebrate Oliver’s life with us on his final day. Dr. Jason and Tory arrived and were able to spend some time with all of us and go over in detail the euthanasia process for those family members who were not familiar. When we felt it was time they gave him an injection to sedate him first. We all spent time remembering his life. Once the sedation took effect Oliver relaxed and even started to snore in my arms. The final injection was given and his peaceful passing could not have been more beautiful. The compassion and care Dr. Jason and Tory showed was overwhelming. They were exceptionally respectful of Oliver’s body as he was covered and removed from my house. Not only were they there for Oliver when he needed them, they were there for my family and myself. I could not have asked for a better experience during such a difficult time.

Wit Family, West Seattle

Thank you Dr.Jason for your love of animals and for being passionate in helping people through the services you provide. We all miss our sweet Ong Bak…and are forever grateful that you were there to help us with the process.


Jason Goodwin, DVM
Tory Gannon, LVT
Gentle Hands Cherished Paws