To Your Pets
When You Die
Author, Darlene Wagner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
With pets’ lifespans so much shorter than ours, it is typical that we out live our beloved companions. But, what if that’s not the case. Have you taken the necessary steps to ensure your pet is protected in the event something happens to you? Should you become seriously ill or injured, or pass away, it is critical that plans for your pet have been made in advance. Protecting your pets now will help with your pets care and everyone will know your wishes.
Designate a willing friend or family member.
Speak with those closest to you (and, preferably, familiar with your pet) and determine who would be willing to serve as an emergency caregiver should something unexpected happen to you. Give that person keys to your home and a list that includes important information such as the name and phone number of your veterinarian, feeding and care instructions, and the locations of your pet’s leash, food, toys, bedding, etc.
Carry an alert card in your wallet.
Create a wallet-sized card indicating you have a pet at home, including the name and contact information for your pet’s emergency caregiver. Carry Professional Pet sitting Etc information in your wallet as well.
Make formal arrangements.
Sure, none of want to think of our own passing, but arrangements should be made for your pet in advance in the event it does happen. Sometimes, it’s not enough that your friend or family member promised to take care of your pet. Things happen. People change their minds. To be on the safe side, and to ensure your pet is cared for when worse comes to worse, start making formal arrangements that will cover his sufficient care. You may opt to work with a lawyer to draft a special will, pet trust, or other document which details the specific care and ownership of your pet, as well as the dollar amount needed to care for him.
Did you know that Professional Pet Sitting Etc has been in clients’ wills/trust for pet care?
We have been named in the pet section in clients’ will/trust to care for pets until a home is found or we are entrusted to bring pets’ to a shelter/rescue that we trust to find a forever home. If we are able to, we have been asked and accepted on a few occasions to be the pet guardian. The trust pays for our services. This type of arrangement must be thought out and arranged in advance.
Keep in mind, however, designating a caregiver in your will may not be enough. Wills divide property; they do not serve as custody agreements. And who will take care of your pet until your will is enacted?
To absolutely ensure your pet will be cared for according to your wishes, it is recommended that pet parents complete and file a Pet Protection Agreement, a simple agreement that allows you to name a pet guardian to take care of your pets, and gives you the ability to leave funds to care for your pets in the event you cannot do so yourself.
Many of us consider our pets to be members of our family, often our “furry children.” In the same way that responsible parents plan ahead for the care of their children, plans should also be put in place for your furry family members. After all, they provide you with unconditional love and affection every day; the least you can do is ensure they receive the same even if you’re not there to provide it.
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