So you have a pet….could be a cat or dog or some other furry, feathered or scaly animal. When you took the responsibility to feed, clean, and provide medical care, you also took on the responsibility to care for the animal if you become incapable and cannot provide care. A pet trust is one way to fulfill that responsibility while still ensuring the continuing care and well-being of your beloved pet. Many states, including Arizona, recognize a pet trust as a legal document. Check with your state attorney or contact your local Humane Society to determine what can be done in your specific state.
To help Arizona residents, the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA is holding a FREE Pet Trust Seminar on Saturday February 19, 2011 at the Granite Reef Senior Center in south Scottsdale from 10am – 11:30am. Joel Klinge, a local estate attorney, will discuss the importance of having a pet trust as well as answer questions. Some of the concepts Mr. Klinge will address include:
- Special concerns such as who will care for your pets
- How to make provisions in your will or estate for your pets
- What is a Power of Attorney and when is one needed
When asked why people who have pets should attend this pet trust seminar. Tina Eacret, AAWL & SPCA Director of Volunteer Services and Special Events explains; “It’s never too early to start thinking about making sure your pets are cared for if something were to happen to you. By coming to the seminar you can learn how to make sure a plan is in place so that you have peace of mind knowing that your pets will be safe and in loving hands if you were to pass away before them.”
When we think about the number of abandoned or orphaned pets that wind up in shelters, we also must face the harsh reality that owners who do not appropriately plan for their pets may very well be giving permission to have the pet euthanized when the owner is gone. You have nothing to lose by attending this free seminar. The AAWL & SPCA wants to get a count of who is attending and so they are requesting an RSVP no later than 02/16/11. Please contact them via phone at 602-273-6852 x. 106 or email [email protected]
Thomas Pierre, based in Scottsdale, AZ, writes about pet rescues in the east valley. He also owns Pic of the Litter, where he photographs dogs doing what they like – having fun at the dog parks. Feel free to drop him a line at [email protected] with suggestions for future topics. To get his stories delivered to your inbox, click the “Subscribe” button above.