Taking care of your pets after you’re not around

In this Jan. 9, 2016, photo, Cynthia Dias holds Copper, a friend's dog who she looks after, at her apartment in Las Vegas. Dias lived at a homeless shelter before moving into Veteran's Village, a former motel in downtown Las Vegas that was renovated to provide housing for veterans. Dias will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama’s visitor box during the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — We don’t really want to think about our own death, but there is planning that’s helpful. And part of that planning should include what to do about your pets.

There are several ways to protect you and your pet, including a Pet Trust.

The owner of a cat named Mischief set up a Pet Trust before he died to care for Mischief and a few other cats. But after about a year, caretakers realized they weren’t doing well and contacted Meow Village, a cat adoption group.

There are other ways to make sure your pet is cared for after you’re gone.

Margaret Ragi holds Curry, a 5-year-old bichon frise, at her home in Upper Saddle River, N.J., after Curry recovered from the canine influenza virus which has proved fatal for many dogs around the United States. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Margaret Ragi holds Curry, a 5-year-old bichon frise, at her home in Upper Saddle River, N.J. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

You can have an attorney write some language into your will, or use a do-it-yourself planning form.

The Humane Society has a Friends Forever program that promises to care for your pet and find them a new home if you make a donation through your will or estate documents.

At the very least, make sure someone you want to care for your pets is aware of your wishes.

Animal groups suggest carrying a Pet Alert card in your wallet. It provides information about your pet in case something suddenly happens to you. Also, have a pet care list with your will, or posted in your home that denotes your pet’s habits, food preference, vet information, medical care and behavior.

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