Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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What will happen to your pets if you die?

No one enjoys talking about what will happen to our pets after we die. It’s a tough subject to tackle, but an important one.

Bideawee, a leading pet welfare organization with more than 100 years of service, created Loving Legacy to bring peace of mind to pet parents. “Loving Legacy makes sure that pets spend the rest of their lives in a warm, caring, and compassionate environment with a foster family or at Bideawee’s 150-acre campus in Westhampton,” says Nancy Taylor, President of Bideawee. “It’s for people who don’t have someone to care for their pets after they die or become incapacitated.”

Bideawee finds a match for your pet through a rigorous process, similar to its adoption policy at its shelters. “Potential guardians are carefully screened and reviewed so that the new home, level of commitment, and lifestyle meet Bideawee’s traditional standards of excellence,” says Taylor.

Pets in the program receive love, companionship, exercise, healthy nutrition, and medical care. Medical care is tailored for individual pets.

Loving Legacy is open to all cat and dog parents, not just those who adopt from Bideawee. Transportation is arranged so cats and dogs from all over the country can be accepted, and in cases where permanent foster homes cannot be found, dogs and cats can live out their days at Bideawee’s Westhampton facility, which has caretakers and volunteers to spend time with the cats and dogs in their care.

The pet’s after-life care is also covered, including cremation or burial services, depending on the wishes of the pet owners. The cost of the program varies, and quotes are given only after looking at the health and age of each pet. It’s a contractual agreement between pet parents and Bideawee. It is different from a trust or will.

This newly launched program has 21 cats and dogs enrolled. “The people who signed up for the program are both young and old,” says Taylor. “What they are looking for is that peace of mind. They want to know that their pets will receive the love and attention they deserve.”

Fore more information, check out Bideawee’s Loving Legacy program.

On another note, the the book PerPETual Care: Who Will Look After Your Pets If You’re Not Around? by author Lisa Rogak offers a number of helpful options.

Michele C. Hollow writes about pets and wildlife for parade.com. She recently wrote about dealing with pet loss, and she blogs about pets at Pet News and Views.

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