I received very sad news yesterday that a wonderful lady whose story is featured in my book passed away on Saturday.  Adele adopted several homeless dogs, one was a Golden Retriever who had been a breeder dog in the Midwest.  Adele took a chance with Lily, before most of us knew how to work with puppy mill survivors, and devoted a great deal of time, love and patience to Lily’s rehabilitation.  Eventually, they progressed to doing agility classes.  Quite a feat for an emotionally and physically scarred dog.

When Adele learned of her illness, she made the very brave decision to find homes for her dogs before she became infirm.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for her, especially at a time when she needed their love and companionship the most. What an unselfish act of love.

Do you have arrangements for your pets if something were to happen to you?  I know, it’s not a pleasant subject and one we’d rather avoid.  After all, we’re supposed to outlive our pets, right?  Without a plan, our family will be left with the tough decision.  And if they are anything like my family, they already have a houseful of pets and could not take yours.  The very worst thing to do is nothing because your pets may end up in a shelter.  Not that shelters are all bad but the odds of pets getting adopted are slim.  (I’ve seen many pets surrendered because of owner illness and death and quite of few do not get adopted.)  Some rescue groups may be a better option with the possibility of giving them a donation toward lifetime care if a suitable home cannot be found.

Do you know that you can create a trust for your pets?  Here’s a great article that describes the process and options:  Estate Planning for Pet Owners

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