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For Those Whose Pets May Outlive Them

October 18, 2009

Parrots, and other long lived animals, bring up the question of our mortality.  We do not know when we will leave this world.  And, therefore, the question:  What will happen to your companion(s) when you are gone?

Amigo, my Amazon parrot, could quite possibly (and hopefully) live to the age of 80 years old, or beyond.  The concern for all of the feathered and furry companions in my home becomes what will they do when I am gone?  How can I make sure that they will be safe and well cared for? 

There is a good book out (among others, I am sure) that addresses this question:

When Your Pet Outlives You Protecting Animal Companions After you Die, by David Congalton & Charlotte Alexander.  It is a “short read” of only 147 pages.  Many resources include:  “Sample Will Pet Provision,” “Sample Will Provision for Leaving Pets to an Animal Shelter,” “Sample Veterinary Pet Care Contract”, etc., along with a “Contacts” listing of various animal long-term care and sanctuaries.

If nothing else, I hope this post starts you thinking about long-range care for your companions, regardless of if they’re feathered, scaled or furry.

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