Planning for Furry Friends

In honor of National Dog Day, we are laying out a few things to consider when planning for a pet. Loved dogs, cats, or other pets should be thoughtfully planned for in the event that something should happen to their owners. A lack of planning may result in a pet being lost, left on the streets, or placed in a humane society. We are certain that Fido would rather be placed with a trusted friend if an unforeseeable event should occur.

There is a range of planning that can be done for a pet. At the very basic level, a pet owner should identify two possible caregivers that would provide a safe home and necessities. The agreement could be oral or committed to a written document. Be sure to include whether the caregiver is signing up for short-term, long-term, or permanent care of Fido. Also, remember to inform potential caregivers of the pet's veterinarian and any relevant health conditions.

Furthermore, a pet's care and disposition may be provided for in the owner's formally executed Will in the event of disability or death. Additionally, a pet trust could be set-up through an attorney to ensure a certain amount of money is available for the life of the pet. 

If you are interested in more detailed information please visit here. Attorney, Peggy Hoyt, has specialized in pet planning and written several helpful articles on this topic.

This article should not be construed as legal advice. Situations are different and it’s impossible to provide legal advice for every situation without knowing the individual facts.