generally outlive our pets as they have a shorter
life span than us. That’s why it is recommended
that as responsible owners we plan ahead for our
dog’s passing. However, what if the opposite
happens? What if we become laid up, ill, or worse,
die first? Who would give Fido home? Who would
provide for his food and water? Who would take
care of him and love him?
Preparing for the Unexpected
To ensure that your beloved four-legged friend
continues to receive adequate care in the event
that you get seriously ill, meet a grave accident,
or face death, it is critical that you plan and
make arrangements in advance.
1. Call a friend.
Find a few dependable friends or relatives who
would be willing to serve as emergency caregivers
should something unexpected happen to you. Provide
them with keys to your home, feeding and pet care
instructions, as well as the contact information
of your vet.
2. Post notices.
Aside from carrying an “alert” card in your wallet
all the time, try posting removable “In case of
emergency” signs on your windows or doors as well.
This way, responding personnel during emergencies
like fire or any other home disaster can be
notified easily about the number and the kind of
pets you have at home.
3. Make formal arrangements.
Sometimes, it’s not enough that long ago a friend
of yours has promised to take care of your pooch.
To ensure that your plans to secure your dog when
worse comes to worst are fulfilled, start making
formal arrangements that will cover the sufficient
care of your pet. Work with a lawyer to draft a
special will or other document which draws the
specific care and ownership of your dog as well as
the amount needed to care for him.
Which is Better: Will or Trust?
There are various
kinds of wills and trusts, and choosing which is
best for you and Fido basically depends on your
situation and your pooch’s needs. It is highly
recommended that you consult your lawyer first
before making a decision. Your attorney can both
understand your need to provide for your dog and
assist you in creating a will or trust that best
meets Fido’s needs.
So many of us view our
pets as members of the family. So, in the same way
that responsible parents plan ahead for the care
of their children, should an accident or
unforeseen illness occur, plans should also be put
in place your furry family members.
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