Have a Plan for Your Pets?

Have a Plan for Your Pets?

Anyone with pets – young or old – can suddenly become physically unable to take care of their pets. If you don’t have a plan and you’re in an accident or die, your pet can become abandoned and taken to a shelter. Their odds of making it out alive are slim. We and other rescue organizations save the ones we can, but we can’t save them all.

At a minimum, pet parents need to talk with friends and loved ones about who they want to take care of their four-legged love ones if they’re suddenly disabled or die. Get at least a verbal agreement and let people in your life know who has agreed to take responsibility.

Ideally, your pets should be included in your will or living trust. Funds should be set up within the Trust or Will specifically for the care of your pets, especially if the person you’ve identified as their new caretaker has limited funds. Consider the cost of vet care as your pet ages as well as on-going food and other costs when setting up funds.

Since you may have other pets at the time you become disabled or die, most attorneys recommend not listing your pet by name on legal documents. Instead, just use the term “pets” in the document so that any pet you may have at the time will be covered.

Young or old, rich or not-so-rich, please plan for your pets. We are all at risk for sudden disability. And death? It’s the one thing we’re guaranteed … eventually. Do what you can to ensure your pets continue to live out their natural lives when you’re no longer able to care for them.

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President of Pet Rescue Center Christine Madruga with a few 4-legged friends for adoption. “Please make a plan for your pets to make sure someone will care for them if you’re no longer able to do it.”

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