Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Great Mills, MD
If I can offer up my two cents on what to do with your animals when you die...
I'd recommend having something in writing for what to do with your animals. All too often I've been sitting on the scene of a recently deceased person and their (insert number) dogs and cats trying to figure out what to do with them. In my little slice of paradise, the community had to pay AC to come out after hours...and it was AC's choice to come out. More often than not, they refused to come out, and there wasn't much to be done about it. We were usually stuck with taking the animal back to our station, if family couldn't be reached/they refused to take the animal/couldn't get there until much later, putting it somewhere safe and warm, and either waiting for family to arrive, or having to take it to a no-kill sheter/vet's office.
I also have a "letter" from my animals to any would-be rescuers in case I'm in a car accident. It says:
"Hi! My name is_____! I'm ____years old and I'm a ____. My vet's name/address/phone number are_____, my Mom and Dad's name/address/phone number are _____. My Mom and Dad say that_______ (name/address/phone number of family/friend(s) willing to take animal in case of emergency) can take care of me if Mom and Dad aren't feeling well. I eat_____. My medical problems are______. They would want me taken care of if I get hurt and I would like that as well. (Pet Insurance info follows that statement). If I'm in too much pain and I'm suffering greatly, I'd rather go visit my friends across the Rainbow Bridge than suffer. Mom and Dad give you permission to put me to sleep if you feel it's in my best interest.
Thank you for taking such good care of me.
Love, (Animal's name)
I tape it securely to the inside of the kennel/carrier along with the most recent info from the last vet appointment inside an envelope. I have In Case Of Emergency written all over the envelope. I never considered doing anything like this until I dealt with my first pet involved MVC. The driver died, the dog survived. We had no idea what to do with the dog, so we contacted a few animal shelters and local veterinary offices and gave them the 'Found Dog' information. The dog was kept with a rescue and reunited with family a week or so later.
Since then, all my animals have documentation on what to do with them if something ever happens to myself, my hubby, or my MIL.
RIP Sebastian, Baby, Cheyenne, Baxter. Gone but never forgotten.
Finnian The Irish Lad WGSD: SAR
Abeni the Little Warrior: Pomeranian rescue.
"Res nos operor ut alius algo"
"Go mairidís beo"
Last edited by Shaolin; 10-01-2012 at 12:48 AM.