The first of a series of pet loss blog posts prompted by seeing too many ‘owner deceased’ rescues, near misses and losses. We can, and should take better care of those we risk leaving behind. We need tough talk – this is a tough subject.
We will cover in these pages :-
- What happens if you don’t take care of your closest fur friends.
- Estate planning to include your pet
- An interview with Ken Neeld of Ralston and Bredickas Funeral Directors about their popular and positive pet focused programmes and estate planning.
- The Rainbow Bridge concept, for those unfamiliar with it
What happens if you don’t make provision for your closest friend? You know, don’t you? They are at risk of being sent (in the USA) to Animal Control and certain death – or as we found when we picked up our little Bandit, they are abandoned. Family who have assured you they will look after your pet suddenly find they can’t; they are allergic, family break ups, any number of disasters get in the way. Your pet is immediately exposed to an harsher and more brutal world – one without your protection. Don’t believe me? Check what happened to Sam, and the Calico girls**
It is vitally important to ensure that you make provision for your closest animal friend(s) with a Will. Yup, you heard me – A Will, and no, they are not just for little old ladies and gents either.
- Wills are for everyone.
- It can seem intimidating and it does need a degree of expertise so do a little bit of reading and consult with an expert of some kind.
- What kind of Will you need can depend on whether you own your own home or live in a rental, whether you have a modest income or some investments.
- They are mostly NOT complicated so get some advice NOW.
Mum and Dad are making their Wills at the moment. We are first in line for protection. Mum and Dad have relatives but we cats are written specifically into the document with financial provisions for us – and a safe haven as long as we live. Every fur friend should have this. Consider making a basic Will as soon as you are able – don’t put it off as scary – it’s more honourable than abandoning your fur family.
I discovered some guidelines on making a Will here (USA) and here (UK). This gives an idea of what to think about, what to look out for. It may not mention pets but they should be your first concern when speaking to a lawyer or solicitor.
- If you live in another country and have a local link for government please help let me know I will include it for completeness.
- If you have any comments or advice, please leave a note in the comments – useful advice will, with your permission be included in the page and credited to you.
** Please note these cats are the lucky ones. People rallied round and used a combination of local folk and social media to reach adopted. Not every pet pal is so lucky.