Nobody likes to think about death, but the truth of the matter is that illnesses, and accidents occur. When they do, its important to have a plan. This is especially true if you are a pet owner. If something happened to you today, what would happen to your pets? Where would they go? Who would take care of them? These are all important things to consider. This guide will help you make formal arrangements for your pet, in the case of death.
Ask someone you trust to be a “pet guardian”
Find at least two people you trust and ask them if they will be pet guardian should anything ever happen to you. Provide them with keys to your residence, feeding instructions for pets, medical instructions if applicable, vet information, and other care requirements. Stay in touch with them on a regular basis to be sure that they are still willing and able to care for your pets if needed.
Post notices on doors or windows
Many pet stores like Petco sell emergency stickers that can be placed on doors and windows and indicate what types of pets you have and how many pets you have in case of emergency. This is ideal for a fire, or in the case of death, and allows first responders to account for all pets. I think our sticker cost around $2, and it has a place to indicate each pet, and also allows you to include your contact information, such as a phone number you or a pet guardian can be reached. Having a notice, is also a good way to let friends, family members, and neighbors know how many pets you have, in case anything ever happens to you. Always be sure to keep information on the notice current to avoid any confusion about pets.
Contact an attorney
One last and important step in ensuring your pet is well cared for, is to contact an attorney to make formal legal provisions for your pet’s care. Most states currently allow pet guardians to make legal provisions for long-term pet care, so its definitely something to consider. While, dying, and having someone else take care of your pet is not an easy thing to think about, making the proper formal arrangements can help ensure that your pet has a good and healthy life, even if you are gone.