Since June is National Pet Preparedness Month, here is a list of articles to help us all prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
I'm talking about the following:
1. Natural events (Storms, floods, fires, etc.)
2. Manmade disasters (War, terrorism, chemical spills, industrial accidents, etc.)
3. The Ultimate Disaster (illness or death of the pet's owner.)
In all of these, we must ask ourselves: What do you want to happen to your pets if you can't be there for them?
To explore discussions on the usual scenarios, visit my website: http://ccadrt.1hwy.com
Then save the following links to consider the options and strategies for helping your animals when you no longer can:Create Your Humane Legacy
A bequest is easy to create and flexible if your needs change.https://legacy.humanesociety.org/wills-and-living-trustsUse Pet Planning
to Ensure Your Pets’ Wellbeing When You’re Gone
Jan. 3, 2017https://biddingerandbitzer.com/blog/estate-planning/use-pet-planning-ensure-pets-wellbeing-youre-gone/Protecting your pets after you're gone
: How to create a pet trust
June 3, 2019https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/protecting-your-pets-after-you-re-gone-how-create-pet-ncna1013201
How to Ensure Your Pets are Cared for After You’re Gone
March 28, 2013 https://theballstonjournal.com/2013/03/28/how-to-ensure-your-pets-are-cared-for-after-youre-gone/
What happens to your pets after you’re gone? Here’s how to protect them.
June 3, 2019https://www.mnnofa.com/2019/06/03/what-happens-to-your-pets-after-youre-gone-heres-how-to-protect-them/
For ALL of the above scenarios, start with an emergency plan, even if you have a will. Because probating a will can take a long time, you need to have early, short term arrangements made in advance and stated in the will. For example, it may be necessary to have a neighbor feed the dog for a few days until relatives can arrive to pick him up. Creating a trust can help by providing money early in the process to take care of any pets. Discuss these things with your attorney to be sure they are included in estate handling plans.
Otherwise, pets that are simply found on the property generally will be taken to an animal control facility, where they could be euthanized.