As a responsible pet owner, you provide your pet with food and water, shelter, veterinary care, and love. To ensure that your beloved pet will continue to receive this care should something unexpected happen to you, it’s critical to plan ahead.
Many times we at PuRR Project are asked to accept cats whose owners are very ill or who, for whatever reason, are no longer able to care for them. This is always a heart-breaker for us because we understand that these owners love their animals and want to know that they’ll be safe and cared for.
In the past, we have accepted a few of these cats and since older cats are rarely adopted, we have relocated them to the ranch. Unfortunately, the outcome is rarely positive. Many become very depressed and withdrawn, frightened, and some simply disappear.
Even though life at the ranch provides them a safe environment, food, water and shelter, it’s a far cry from what they’re used to-premium food in their very own bowl, sleeping with mom and dad in a warm, comfy bed, and no need to share their litter box with a whole crowd of strangers!
When I discovered that I needed emergency brain surgery and the outcome was questionable, one of the first things I did was contact close, trusted friends and ask them if they would each take one of my cats, if the need arose. I went into the operating room knowing that, whatever the outcome, my babies would be well-taken care of and well-loved.
When you’re making a will or a “When I Die” manifesto for your loved ones, please think about adding a section that covers your desires for the care of your furry ones. Contact friends or relatives whom you trust and who will willingly accept your baby into their hearts and homes, provide these “guardians” with written information about caring for your little one (food preferences, vet and medical information, favorite toys) – and make sure to keep it updated if your circumstances change.
In the same way that a last will provides for your human family when you’re gone, such a document will ensure that your furry family is cared for as well.
“Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul remains unawakened.”
PuRR Project is a Non-Profit shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal to adopt them out to loving homes. All of our residents have been sterilized, vaccinated and are disease free. We accomplish this through our own efforts as well as collaboratively with other animal welfare organizations. Both monetary donations as well as donations of dry cat food are most welcome – and much appreciated. For more information, visit PuRRProject.com or send an email to info(at)PurrProject.com.