Lola Ball is a graduate of MIT with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Economics, as well as a M.S. in Technology and Policy. She volunteers at Pasado’s Safe Haven, a local animal sanctuary, where she enjoys being surrounded by dogs, cats and farm animals of all kinds. She is also an active volunteer in the local and national MIT Alumni Association. She currently serves as Secretary on the AHELP board and is a Founding Member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She has been an avid animal lover since she was a little girl, but wasn’t allowed to have a pet as a child due to family allergies. Once she was settled in her late 20′s, she bonded quickly with her first puppy, a chocolate lab named Porter. It was when Porter was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma that Lola inadvertently employed hospice care to ensure that his last few months would be of a high quality of life. After his death, she decided to capture her canine hospice experiences in her book entitled, “When Your Dog Has Cancer: Making the Right Decisions for You and Your Dog.” During the writing of her book, a dog she adopted from Pasado’s was diagnosed with mast cell tumor and she again used hospice techniques on the path to a natural death.
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Canine Cancer Insights: A Holistic and Balanced Approach