Providing love and care for your pet is a lifelong commitment. Who will honor this commitment if you no longer can?
Every year thousands of helpless cats are orphaned and sometimes euthanized due to the death or disability of their human companions.
Planning for the future of a precious cat's next home is something that every responsible pet owner should consider. This planning is not just reserved for the elderly, but should be considered by everyone who loves their pets.
Instead of leaving the fate of your companions to your friends and relatives, you should include their future as part of your estate plan.
Retirement communities, such as PFOA's Life Time Care, can provide the peace of mind in knowing that if something happens to you, your cat friends will be well taken care of for the rest of their natural lives.
What Do I Do?
Step 1 - Identify Caregivers
It is not enough that long ago a friend or relative agreed to care for your cat. Circumstances change, not only with the potential caregiver, but also with the needs of your cat. Stay in touch with caregivers (and alternates). Discuss your expectations and whether they are willing to assume the responsibility. Remember that your pet may need short-term interim care, in the event of an emergency.
Step 2 - Formal Arrangements
The best way to make sure that your wishes are fulfilled is by making formal, legal arrangements that provide for the care of your pets, as well as allocating funds to finance that care. You currently pay for food, shelter, supplies and medical care for your pets. These expenses won't stop, even if you aren't here to pay them. You will want to set aside funds for their on-going care.
Step 3 - Prepare Written Instructions
How do you want your pets to live? Do they require special care? Do you want your pets to stay together? You will want to write down your wishes and be sure they are put where they can be found. It is important that your pets will continue to receive the same type of care that you currently provide. Fill out a pet biography, detailing their likes and dislikes, where they sleep, what they eat, play behavior, etc. Also include an up-to-date medical file. No one knows what the future will bring. Isn't your pet's well-being important enough to plan?
Space is limited in the PFOA Lifetime Care Program. You must have pre-approval and a non-refundable deposit in place to guarantee a spot for your special cat. Contact us as soon as possible to make your reservation.