OK, admittedly not a topic we like to discuss. But if the worst were to happen, what would happen to your pets?
When I hear stories like that of Laurel’s, whose dog and cat were saved after Laurel died through the extraordinary efforts of fellow Dogsters and Catsters, I ask myself what I would do if my husband and I met an untimely end. Would anyone know to immediately start giving Rocky his thyroid medication twice daily? Would they know that Mao and Skeezix should be rehomed together? Would they know to feed the feral cat who sleeps in the garage? Would they figure out that Skeezix will only eat Fancy Feast Sliced Turkey in Gravy or canned tuna, and that he eats five times a day to maintain his fighting weight of seven pounds?
Hazel Lucy (in photo, above), who ran “Mission Control” during the Laurel rescue produced a series of emergency cards that provide all the essential information needed in case your pets are “orphaned.” It’s a quick and easy project to complete, and could ensure that not only do your pets not get dumped at a shelter when you pass away, but that they can get essential life-saving medical care in a timely way if they are special needs pets.
Using Hazel Lucy’s cards as a template, gather all the information someone would need to care for your pets. Identify a friend or family member who has agreed to provide a home for the pets and provide their contact information. HL recommends three cards: one for the glove box of your car, one for your refrigerator (or other conspicuous spot in your home), and one for your wallet.
If you’re a Catster, you can find helpful information on the topic in the “Preparing for Life without Mom or Dad” forum on Catster.
Here’s one of Hazel Lucy’s forms — the others can be found here.