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March 15, 2013

Couple want dogs cared for after they're gone

Q: We are updating our wills and having a difficult time. Lawyers have been of no help and clauses on the Internet have not been very helpful either. We have several dogs who would probably not be adoptable. Only one might be adoptable, the youngest, who’s in the best health. We have some money to help with the costs, but they will need more care than just that. We have no one we trust capable of caring for them.

We are both over 68 years old and not in best health. Court trusts and similar situations seem to be ineffective answer. Standard pet protection clauses do not seem to fit the situation without a person of trust involved. Putting them to sleep when the last of us dies seems to be the only solution but a very painful thought. We want them buried with us (finding a cemetery that allows this is also not easy). Have you any suggestions on how to save them when we die?

A: Dog Lady applauds you for watching out for the safety and security of the animals in your care. Just as humans draw up trusts, wills and health care proxies to make their wishes known, animal guardians must provide for care and continuance of their dog dependents. You should contact your regional SPCA or Humane Society and present your situation.

The San Francisco SPCA is an exemplar. The organization has a program that finds homes for the pets of deceased members, with full medical care included. You can read about this at sfspca.org and email for referrals. Rescue organizations are also dedicated to finding homes for orphaned pets. These watchdog groups have experience dealing with legacies for pets. Often, a trustworthy representative can be enlisted without a personal connection. Use your money to make a generous donation as gratitude. You can also hire a lawyer with demonstrated animal interests to act on your behalf.

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