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Providing For A Pet In Case You Die

Who To Leave Your Pet With

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When deciding the identify of the person or people to leave your pet with, consider the following:

  • Is there someone in your life who loves your pet as much as you do? Or at least loves the type of pet you have? (If you don't have a person to whom to leave your pet, consider a program at a local veternary school or Humane Society, particularly those that look for new homes for pets.)
  • You can direct the Personal Representative/Executor of your estate to find a suitable new home for your pet after your death. You can also give your executor the discretionary power to provide payment of a specified amount of money for the pet's continued care.
  • There are non-profit organizations that assist with pet care issues. If you are unable to locate anyone to care for your pet, you can look for a local organization that would find a new home for your pet.
  • Animal Retirement Homes do exist. Ask your vet or contact a veterinary school to find out if there is an animal retirement home in your area. These are usually non-profit facilities that provide pets with a comfortable environment to live out their "golden years." Animal Retirement Homes are not cheap. Typical cost for a year: $10,000.

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