Pet Care when You are Not Here
If you think your best friend in the world or your
relatives will happily take care of your pets in the event that
you can’t, “think again.”
Your friends might not be willing to say “no” while you
are alive, but what happens later? I know for a fact, even my
mother would not want to look after my cats because she
doesn’t really like cats. It would be unfair to the cats and
to her to leave them in her care. Not everyone loves pets, that
is for sure.
While thinking about your soul is the most important thing
you can ever do, thinking about what will happen to your pets if
you are not here to look after them, could be a close second.
Especially for those of us who think of our pets as being like
Apparently, many dogs, cats and other pets found in shelters
end up there because their owners became ill or were unable to
care for them. Some owners died without leaving plans for their
pets’ next home. Unfortunately, many of these animals are
euthanized because they can’t find homes.
“64 percent of all pets that entered the participating
shelters for any reason were euthanized.” –A survey
conducted between 1994 and 1997 by the National Council on Pet
Population Study and Policy
We all heard the stories about pets being left behind in
homes and apartments after the Sept 11th tragedy and while that
was more “visible” to us, this problem is not uncommon.
Lisa starts her book with a rather frightening story about
how an owner died and his son had no interest in protecting
animals and let them all out of the house to wander and fend for
themselves. Fortunately a local animal shelter and rescue
coordinator were able to save the animals and find homes for
them. Lisa states that unfortunately not all stories end this
This book will show you why:
1. Having a will isn’t enough
2. Why probate is dangerous for your pets
3. How to fund a pet trust even if you’re broke
4. How to avoid challenges from non-pet-loving relatives.
5. Why it is a good idea to keep a “In Case of Emergency”
6. It is a good idea to have an emergency kit for your pets if
you live in areas where there is danger of a natural disaster.
7. Why it is important to take this seriously if you love your
Chapter One: Why You Need Perpetual Care
Chapter Two: The Essentials
Chapter Three: Finding Your Perpetual Caretaker
Chapter Four: Estate Planning for Pets
Chapter Five: Of Hound Mind and Body
Chapter Six: In Dog – Or Cat -We Trust
Chapter Seven: Gimme Shelter: Sanctuaries and
Chapter Eight: The Fine Print: What Else You Can Do
An Appendix guides you to pet-friendly lawyers and pet
retirement homes and sanctuaries. There is also a list of states
where pet trusts are legal.
The fact is, many of us think we are too young to write a
will. Maybe this book will also encourage you to write your own
will and there is information included that will give you some
ideas on how to go about writing a will.
Lisa Rogak is the author of more than 25 books. She lives in
New Hampshire with her 12 cats where she also runs a company
that produces over 100 different greeting cards.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be
donated to humane organizations in all fifty states.
A book about making plans for the continued survival of your
pets in the event you are unable to care for them, due to either
disability or death.
you have too many cats?