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Your Emergency Contact Cards (Preparing for Life without Mom or Dad)

Whether a cat dies, is lost or stolen, or must be placed in a new home, this is the place to gather together to give and receive love and support when you experience the loss of a beloved cat.

  
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Snuggle

Atilla the Snug
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 12:18pm PST 
Mom got a packet of info from Best Friends in Utah about the lifetime care program. There are others she is checking on too. They will only take a certain number per family and it is expensive per pet, but there is no one to take them and mom would not burden someone with 8 babies to care for. It is a big job and everyone we know has a house full already.

Chances are that sadly, unless something unusual happens, this group will leave mom first, however, unless mom is in a nursing home, etc. for a while, she cannot imagine there would not be pets at home when she goes.
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Heckyl

Heckylicious
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 12:18pm PST 
Thank you Hazel Lucy for starting this. This is something we all need to think about whether we want to or not. Meowmy and grandmeowmy have often thought about this. We have furrriends here but no purr that we are particularly close to and meowmy has no family other than her grandmeomy so we have a little bit of a problem there
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Diego

I'm bringing- sexy back
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 1:19pm PST 
Thank you Hazel Lucy making us all more aware. Mom is going to make up an info card for her wallet too. She has discussed this with her family and they all agree to take us should anything happen to her and they would take good care of us.

Our Humane Society has a lifetime care program too. As a volunteer I have seen several older kitties come in because their owner passes away. The great thing about our Humane Society is if it is a bonded pair, they will not separate them.
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Smokey

I am the QUEEN!
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 1:25pm PST 
I think you can set up a trust fund for your pets, identify a person to take care of them and leave money for their care. Furry friends of ours will inherit a nice sum and there is someone who will take of them, instructions how to take care of them and several clauses regarding what happens if that person doesn't take good care of them and who checks on them.
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Snuggle

Atilla the Snug
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 1:28pm PST 
Heckyl, we have the same issue. Mom will take Sylvia, grandma's kitty, but grandma is almost 86, she obviously is not taking this crowd.

We went to our old vet office in St. Louis when visiting one time and the was a big, beautiful kitty in an enclosure in the front waiting area. He was so sweet, but very sad. The man he lived with was very old and alone and when he passed they agreed to take him and try to find a good home with a pet family they were familiar with. He had been there a couple weeks and the right family had not come in yet. It was so sad.

Mom would feel worse not knowing what would happen to us (not that she could ever be certain how our lives would play out, but wants to have some type of plan), than she would about actually passing. We really only know mom. We would have a really hard time.
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Snuggle

Atilla the Snug
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 1:32pm PST 
Smokey and all,

You need to check the laws in your state to be sure it is set up properly. Every state has different policies on this and some do not fully recognize trusts set up for pets.

This site has some additional info:

http://www.estateplanningforpets.org/legal-primer-trusts.ht m

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Snuggle

Atilla the Snug
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 1:51pm PST 
One more link:

http://www.petguardian.com/common.php?v_section=4&v_page=2
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Stella

Stella- Felinis--Queen- of All Kitties!
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 2:33pm PST 
It's Stella. The problem is not always money. Everyone that we know who loves fur children has more than they can handle. Even if you left money in trust to pay them, they would still not be able to take all of us in. There are four of us, and us Grays would want to stay together. Our person originally wanted us to go to Best Friends, but now she doesn't think she can afford that for four of us. Our person has one of the illnesses that Laurel had, and she had helped Laurel get on another listserve about her illnesses. Plus she is older than Laurel. It was quite a shock to hear that such a young person left with no warning. Our deepest sympathies to Aldo, Tess and Noelle. We are glad to hear that there is someone who will take them in.
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Isabella

They call me- Miss- Independent!
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 4:41pm PST 
This is wonderpurr idea! Everytime Mom and Dad go on vacation, she leaves a list detailing everything. They are always very worried that if something would ever happen to them, what would happen to us.
We are all very saddened by the loss of Aldo, Tess and Noelle's mom and hope that they will be able to stay together.
Mom always says to live for today, but plan for tomorrow.
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Tigger ~- Loved- Forever

Whatever, I do- what I want!
 
 
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 5:13pm PST 
We are all so saddened to hear about Laurel's death and we purr that Aldo, Tess and Noelle will find a loving forever home.

We think that this is a very good thread. It often feels overwhelming dealing with the issue of what will happen to us fur kids if Mom and/or Dad pass on before us. There is a free kit that the Humane Society offers on the subject. Here is a link to it Humane Society Kit

Our love and purrs go out to Tess, Aldo and Noelle.

Tigger, Taylor, Bob and Pippin
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