PLEASE PLAN AHEAD: I know none of us wants to think about death, disability or an extended stay in the hospital, but if we love our companion animals, we simply have to do so. Four Legs and Fur has recently been called upon to help people who were going into intensive care for an extended time period figure out what to do with their pets. We also know of a situation where a person passed away with young animals in their care and no one to take them.
From your pet’s perspective, it’s bad enough to lose you, the person they love. Just imagine when they’re left out in the cold to fend for themselves? That happens more than you know.
Please have that talk with your family members, friends, neighbors or whomever. Think through what would happen if you could no longer care for your animals, or if a disability causes you to be unable to walk them as you once did. If you want to discuss options or how to make plans, we’re happy to do so. We even know of a reliable dog walker who is available to help with that chore.
On a similar front: I know that we want to make sure our animals are mainly bonded with us and will protect us and the home when needed. But please remember that they also must be socialized enough that someone else can keep them from chasing animals, pick them up, get a leash on them or get them in a carrier.
Otherwise, it becomes a traumatic experience for your pets when it happens that someone (often a stranger), needs to step in to help you take care of them, get them into boarding facilities or send them to foster care while you recuperate and/or if you can’t come back. I even know of several animals who were lost simply because no one could catch them after an owner died. And that can’t possibly be what you would want for the pets you love.