Each year thousands of pets are abandoned due to the death of an owner. Too often it is simply assumed that friends or family will take on the responsibility of caring for the pet, although in many cases this is not always possible.
Sometimes people believe that if they state in their will that they would like a particular person to look after their pet, it guarantees their pet’s care. However, this is not the case as they are not dutybound by law to follow it through.
This is why it is always advisable to have a conversation with your friends and family to see if they would be willing and/or able to look after your pet. If they agree, then you make a note of this in your will or even leave money to the person who will look after your pet to help them pay for its food, vet’s bills and other needs. If there are special considerations for their care, like dietary requirements or health issues, it is worth writing them down and letting people know where you keep it.
If no-one is able to look after your pet, there are several charities which can help. They have registration schemes which you can sign up to where they will do their best to find your pet a new owner.
- The RSPCA’s Home for Life
- The Dogs Trust Canine Care Card
- The Cats Protection League Cat Guardians Card
- The Cinnamon Trust
Here are Rosedale Funeral Home we can help to support and guide you with further information.