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Leaving Pets in your Will – the ‘Lifetime Care’ Scheme from the Dog Care Association

It is estimated that thousands of pet owners in the UK die each year without making arrangements for their pets in their wills.

The law treats pets as property and there is, therefore, no reason why you should not make provision for them in your will. By making provision for your pets in your will you will have the opportunity to ensure that your wishes are carried out in the event of your death and that your pets are properly looked after.

How do I ensure that provision is made for my pets in my will?

At the Dog Care Association (Ponderosa dog & cat sanctuary), we have teamed up with Pearson and Associates Wills and Estate Planning specialists to assist our supporters to ensure that provision is made for someone to look after your pets in the event of your death. Your will should include a clause passing care of your pets to the person or organisation whom you would like to care for them.

Not everyone is willing or able to look after a pet and, therefore, it is a good idea to discuss the matter with the person you would like to take care of your pets before you make your will.

What if I do not have any family or friends who would be prepared to look after my pets?

The Dog Care Association is launching a free service called ‘Lifetime Care’. Where a pet has been signed up for the service the Dog Care Association promises to find a suitable and loving new home as soon as they can in the event of the pet owner’s death. In the meantime the pet will be cared for at their Ponderosa dog & cat sanctuary.

Our teaming up with Pearson and Associates Wills & Estate Planning will ensure that they can either review your existing Will and/or draft a new Will to ensure that care of your pets is passed to the Dog Care Association in the event of your death.

The Dog Care Association asks to be notified of your wishes before you die and for you to send them a copy of your will, which with your permission can be lodged with the Dog Care Association via Pearson and Associates Wills & Estate Planning.

What if I don’t make provision for my pets in my will?

If you don’t make provision for your pets in your will then you run the risk that your pets will be left unwanted, uncared for or even homeless.

What about the cost of looking after my pets when I am gone?

Caring for a pet can be a financial burden and it is a good idea to leave in your will to the person or Organisation whom you would like to look after your pet in the event of your death a sum of money to cover the cost of caring for your pet.

It is worth noting that anything you leave to a registered charity, such as the Dog Care Association, is paid free of Inheritance Tax. The Dog Care Association, like many charities, relies heavily on bequests made in wills. Please note, leaving us a gift in your Will is entirely discretionary and not a condition of the Lifetime Care scheme.

How will the ‘Lifetime Care ’Initiative support the Dog Care Association with their current costs of caring?

Pearson and Associates Wills & Estate Planning have pledged to support the Dog Care Association by donating a share of any fee generated from the drafting of new Wills relating to the ‘Lifetime Care’ Initiative to the charity to help with current costs of caring.

What is the next step if I wish to take advantage of the Lifetime Care scheme?

Please do call Karen Greaves at the Dog Care Association on 01977 552303 to arrange a no cost consultation at Ponderosa sanctuary, or alternatively a home visit. You can also contact Pearson and Associates Wills &Estate Planning team on 01756 793300, quoting the Lifetime Care Scheme.

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