Pet Care After Death of Owner: Ensuring the Well-being of Your Furry Friends

For many, pets are cherished members of the family, providing companionship and love. In the unfortunate event of your passing, it’s essential to plan for the care of these beloved animals. In this article, we’ll discuss various options you can consider and include in your Will to ensure your pets are well taken care of after you’re gone.

Pet care instructions that you can put in your Will:

Donation to an Animal Charity

You can choose to leave your pet to an animal charity. Research and identify reputable animal charities that specialise in pet adoption. Include specific instructions in your Will regarding the chosen organisation and specify whether you’d like to accompany this with a donation for their upkeep.

Transfer to a Friend or Family Member

If you have a trusted friend or family member willing to care for your pet, you can gift your pet to them in your Will. Your Will can also include a legacy or financial provision to that person, which can be conditional on them agreeing to care for your pet.

Sale of the Pet

While uncommon, some people may choose to sell their pets. If this is your preference, include the necessary details in your Will, such as the method of sale, how they should be cared for until the sale and what should be done with the proceeds.

Your Next Step – Making Provisions and Remembering Your Pet After Your Death

In our comprehensive Will questionnaire, we understand the importance of accounting for every aspect of your estate – including the welfare of your pets. By including specific instructions in your Will, you’re providing a clear roadmap for their care after you’re gone. This ensures that your furry friends receive the love and attention they deserve, even in your absence.

Remember, the key is communication. Discuss your wishes with the designated individuals, whether they are friends, family, or representatives from an animal charity. This will help prevent misunderstandings and ensure a smooth transition for your pets.

For more details about what our Will questionnaires include, as well as how you can get started creating one, please contact Burt Brill & Cardens. Call us on 01273 604 123, email us at or fill in our enquiry form.


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