Approximately 5 to 7 million pets enter animal shelters across the United States each year. As a responsible pet owner, it is important to take the time to plan for your pet’s future in the event of an accident, illness, or any other unforeseen events. Although it may seem strange, choosing a potential guardian for your pets can keep them from ending up in a shelter, where their future will be uncertain.
Find a Caregiver
When choosing a caregiver, consider their circumstances. This can include work schedules, home environment, if they have children or other pets, and their financial situation.
While you may love and trust a family member, his or her home might not be the best place for your pet and they may not want to take care of an animal. Before designating a caregiver in your will, be sure you ask if they would feel comfortable caring for your pet in the event of your absence.
Appoint a Second Caregiver
Because time can change a person’s circumstances, appoint a second caregiver to take over in case the first caregiver can no longer take care of your pet. Again, this person should be in a good position to take a pet into their home and should agree to take them in the event of a serious accident or death.
Compile an Information Packet
After you choose primary and secondary caregivers, compile a packet of information about your furry friend. This packet can be digital or on paper, but should explain to the caregiver everything they need to know about your pet including:
- Vet records
- Name and number of your pet’s veterinarian
- What you feed your pet and when
- What your pet likes to do (walks, favorite toys, sleeping arrangements, etc)
- Any special conditions for your pet (can’t be around children, needs long walks, allergies, etc).
Create a Fund
While establishing a caregiver is important, it is also a good idea to create a fund, whether in a trust or in a savings account, that is made available to your caregiver to cover your pet’s expenses, including vet costs, food, treats, toys and any other expenses they may come across. Not only does this make it easier on the caregiver, but it also ensures your pet is well taken care of after death.
Let Paws, Whiskers & Wags Help you Plan for your Pet’s Future
At Paws, Whiskers & Wags, we know that our pets are family. Our compassionate team can help you plan for your pet’s future by arranging for end-of-life decisions. This way, if something were to happen to you, your pet is taken care of and the burden of end-of-life arrangements isn’t added to their caregiver.
To learn more about our end-of-life pet services, please contact the staff at Paws, Whiskers and Wags at 1-866-497-PAWS or online.