As pet owners, we consider our four-legged friends as family members. We give them cuddles when they are sad, walk them in the park, and even share our beds with them. However, have you ever thought of what will happen to them when you are no longer around? Putting your pet in your will may not have crossed your mind, but it is an essential consideration for every pet owner. Here are some reasons why you should consider it.

Peace of Mind for You and Your Pet

Just as we plan for our loved ones when we pass on, it is crucial to make these same considerations for our pets. Putting your pet in your will allows you the peace of mind of knowing your pet will be in good hands when you are gone. It is an opportunity to communicate your wishes about the care of your pet if you pass away or are incapacitated.

Ensures Proper Care

When you make provisions in your will for your pet’s care, you ensure that you leave your pet in the care of someone you believe will look after them with the same love and care that you do. You can provide detailed instructions on the care your pet requires, its feeding habits, exercise routines, veterinary care, and any specific medical needs. This can ensure that your pet will maintain its current standard of care.

Avoid Family Disputes

When there is no clear plan regarding the care and ownership of pets, it can lead to disputes among family members. Putting your pet in your will can prevent a family dispute as your pet’s welfare will have already been addressed, and the ownership of your pet will already be determined.

Cost Effective

It may surprise you to learn that looking after your pets is not cheap. When you make provisions in your will for pet care, you can ensure that there is sufficient money set aside to look after your pet. This can help in alleviating any potential financial burdens placed on the person looking after your pet.

A Legacy

Leaving funds for animal care, either through a formal trust or a lump-sum cash gift, can also help in creating a legacy. By supporting animal welfare causes, you will be making a positive difference to the lives of animals who need it most.

In conclusion, pets bring comfort, happiness, and unconditional love to our lives, and it is important to provide for them even when we are not around. Putting your pet in your will may seem like a small consideration, but it can make an enormous difference to the lives of your pets and those entrusted with their care. Make sure that you take the necessary steps in planning for your pet’s care today. By doing this, you can ensure that you will have peace of mind knowing that your furry friend will be in good hands, and you can create a positive legacy for animal welfare.

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PATRICK A. BELL – Lawyer at Bell, Jacoe & Company in Summerland BC provides legal help with real estate and wills and estate law.