What's YOUR Plan???
Take a minute and look at the picture below.
This little guy is six years old and coming into our recue shortly. Why? His owner
died and there was no plan for him. His entire world has been turned upside down and he now is in a shelter surrounded by
terrifying sounds and smells. Is it any wonder he is shut down and terrified? Fortunately, we were contacted and have the
space to take him in. How damaged he is from the experience is yet to be seen.
What's YOUR plan?
Humane Society of the United States recently did a survey of pet owners. Only 17% of those surveyed had a plan in place for
their animals in the case of their death or incapacitation.
Accidents happen every day to people of all ages. It is a fact of life. That lack of planning sends an estimated
100,000 to 500,000 pets to shelters each year after their owners die or become incapacitated.
Society of the United States lists some tips on how to prepare for the unexpected:
"In the confusion that accompanies a person's unexpected illness, accident,
or death, pets may be overlooked. In some cases, pets are discovered in the person's home days after the tragedy. To prevent
this from happening to your pet, take these simple precautions:
- Find at least two responsible friends or relatives who agree to serve as temporary emergency
caregivers in the event that something unexpected happens to you. Provide them with keys to your home; feeding and care instructions;
the name of your veterinarian; and information about the permanent care provisions you have made for your pet.
- Make sure your neighbors, friends, and relatives know how many pets you
have and the names and contact numbers of the individuals who have agreed to serve as emergency caregivers. Emergency caregivers
should also know how to contact each other.
a wallet "alert card" that lists the names and phone numbers of your emergency pet caregivers.
- Post removable "in case of emergency" notices on your doors or
windows specifying how many and what types of pets you have. These notices will alert emergency-response personnel during
a fire or other home emergency. Don't use stickers; hard-to-remove stickers are often left behind by former residents, so
firefighters may assume that the sticker is outdated or, worse, they may risk their lives trying to find a pet no longer in
- Affix to the inside of your front and
back doors a removable notice listing emergency contact names and phone numbers. Because pets need care daily and will need
immediate attention should you die or become incapacitated, the importance of making these informal arrangements for temporary
caregiving cannot be overemphasized."
a conversation with your veterinarian and share the plan. Would your vet be willing to house your dog in an emergency?
Give permission for the release of your dog's health records.
- Add your dog
to your will and include plans for it in your estate plannng.
Please consider making a plan TODAY for your dog's sake.
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