It is heartbreaking to think of losing a beloved pet, but what if that beloved pet lost you? Is there a plan? Who would become your pet’s caretaker? Do they know how to take care of your pet? Will they know you’re your pet’s quirks and personality traits? It’s a very scary though, yet it’s something we should all prepare for. Get started by reading this ASPCA article titled ‘Planning Your Pets Future’ Planning Your Pets Future..
Follow these simple steps provided by the ASPCA to begin the process of creating a plan to ensure that your pet is always cared for, even after you’re gone. Step 1: Carry a Pet Alert card in your wallet.
This card will alert authorities that you have a pet at home and list two emergency contacts for them to notify if something happens to you.
Step 2: Create a Pet Dossier for each pet in your care.
A Pet Dossier is a document containing pertinent information about your pet that would be valuable to a potential guardian and/or caregiver in your absence. Even if you don’t have a plan in place for the future care of your pet, this information is vital to helping your pet find a new home faster. Some examples of information to include are:
- Food preferences
- Medical conditions and medications taken
- Veterinary information and records
- Behavior around other pets/people/children
Your Pet Dossier should be kept in a safe but accessible place with your other important papers and copies should be distributed to all parties in your pet’s circle of care. Step 3: Decide on an Informal or Formal Arrangement for your pet’s future care.
There are many options available when planning for the future care of your pet. Please see the link provided for more information.