Planning for your pet’s care

Who will care for your pets when you are gone
 or can no longer take care of them?

It’s hard for most of us to think about, but providing for your pet if you are no longer able to take care of them is the best way to ensure your pet is taken care of for the rest of their life.

Ask family members or a good friend if they would be willing to adopt your pet if you are no longer able.  A frank discussion is warranted.  No one really wants to talk about this subject and adult children may brush it off, or agree to take your pet not wanting to hurt your feelings, but experience shows that when it comes down to taking on the responsibility of taking care of a pet, many are unable or may not want to take on that responsibility for the rest of your pet’s life.  You do not want this to happen to your pet, so make sure your designated person is sincere in accepting your request.

CARE unfortunately gets numerous frantic calls from people that have suddenly inherited a pet from a loved one who has passed away, become incapacitated, or experiencing a long term illness and not able to take their pet into assisted living. More often than not, when an owner dies their beloved pet is likely to end up in a shelter.  Older pets face euthanasia or a long wait to be adopted as few people adopt an older pet.

You can make a simple provision in your will naming a caretaker and providing a designated amount of money to be appropriated to their caretaker.  A trust is also a recommended safety net as it provides care for your pet right way and a will can take time to execute.  Contact your estate planner to evaluate the right options for you and have peace of mind that you have provided for your beloved pet so they won’t end up homeless or in a shelter.

Information that your designated caretaker will need to know:

Feeding habits or special dietary requirements

Veterinarian info and medial records

Medical treatments such as flea/tick treatments

Favorite toys

Special issues that pertain to your pet.