Preparing for your cat if you are no longer around.

At SAFE Haven for Cats, we are contacted frequently by caring cat owners who are making plans for their pets in their estates. If there are no friends or family members who are willing and able to care for your pets, it is possible to include instructions for your executor to place your pets with a shelter such as SAFE Haven for Cats. Additionally, you can authorize your executor to use funds from your estate for the temporary care of your pet as well as for the costs associated with finding a new home for your pet. SAFE Haven for Cats may be able to accept your cat(s) and care for them until a devoted new home can be found.



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The Humane Society of the United States offers the following guidance to ensure that your pets are not overlooked in the confusion that could accompany an unexpected illness, accident or death.

  1. Find at least two responsible friends or relatives who agree to serve as temporary emergency caregivers in the event that something unexpected happens to you. Provide them with keys to your home; feeding and care instructions; the name of your veterinarian; and information about the permanent care provisions you have made for your pet in your Estate Plan.
  2. Make sure your neighbors, friends and relatives know how many pets you have and their names and contact numbers of the individuals who have agreed to serve as emergency caregivers. Emergency caregivers should also know how to contact each other.
  3. Carry a wallet “alert card” that lists the names and phone numbers of your emergency pet caregivers.
  4. Post removable “in case of emergency” notices on your doors or windows specifying how many and what types of pets you have. These notices will alert emergency response personnel during a fire or other home emergency.