Pet Owners, Be Prepared
Do you adore your cats? Do you walk on the beach with your dog, who adores you? If you are an animal
lover and have one or more pets, they can become almost like a member of your family. When you are
disabled or gone, who will take care of them? While that is not a question most of us want to face, our
pets need some good answers to that question.
The number of animals who end up in shelters annually is high (approximately 5 to 7 million), according
to the ASPCA. Many of them were received by the shelters when owners died or could no longer care for
them because of illness or disability. No one can prevent what may happen to an owner, but with some
advance thinking, the owner can prepare for the inevitable in ensuring pet care.
Talk to your pets’ veterinarian or to local shelters to discover what services might be available for pets in
your area. There are great organizations across America. In Larimer County, Colorado, for example, the
Pets Forever Program helps disabled or low income elderly or disabled pet owners maintain the ability to
keep their pets. The program matches volunteers, most of them pre-veterinary or social work students,
with pet owners who need some assistance with dog walking, cat litter box cleaning, transportation to
vet appointments, giving medicine or grooming tasks.
The San Francisco SPCA has addressed the problem of pets whose owners have died by establishing the
Sido Program. Owners enroll in the program while living. They know when they are gone that their pets
will receive care while outreach efforts are being made to find the best possible home.
Not all communities have these types of programs. But owners can establish a pet trust to set aside
money and instructions for their pets. The Elder & Disability Law Firm serving Arrowhead and
surrounding areas can help CA residents set up appropriate Estate Planning to care for your beloved
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