Plan for your pet’s future this National Puppy Day
23 March 2023
Pet owners are reminded to plan for their furry loved one’s futures as we celebrate National Puppy Day today, March 23.
With pet ownership on the rise globally, it is more important than ever to ensure that your pets are protected in case something happens to you.
Public Trustee Samay Zhouand said according to a recent study, nearly 50% of people do not have a valid Will, and almost 20% die without one. This means that their assets, including their pets, are distributed under the law, and their wishes may not be taken into account.
“To help pet owners plan ahead, the Public Trustee in Queensland is encouraging everyone to consider making a Will and appointing someone to look after their pets. Pet owners can outline in their Will how their beloved pets are to be cared for according to their wishes,” Mr Zhouand said.
"The need to plan ahead and protect your loved ones, including your pets, cannot be overstated, and with pet ownership on the rise, especially amongst young adults, it is essential for owners to think about the future,” he said.
RSPCA is also supporting this effort by encouraging pet owners to register their pets with the Home Ever After Program, to safeguard their pet’s future. The program is especially useful for young people whose family or friends may not be able to care for their pet if they become unable to do so.
RSPCA’s CEO Darren Maier said those of us lucky enough to have animals in our lives really need to think about planning ahead.
“Our Home Ever After Program provides peace of mind for pet owners – just in case our pets outlive us,” Mr Maier said.
"Ensuring you have a Will with instructions about how you want your pet cared for, ensures that your wishes are taken into account for your pet’s future care,” he said.
Queensland Law Society can refer families and pet owners to a local lawyer for professional advice on succession law.
Queensland Law Society President Chloé Kopilović said making a Will is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family, but the conversation with a solicitor before you make a Will is just as important.
"People are often surprised to learn that some of their assets may not be dealt with in their Will, and other steps are necessary to implement an estate plan.” Ms Kopilović said.
“It is vital to have professional advice and solicitors right across Queensland can provide this, including 43 solicitors accredited as specialists in succession law. You can find a solicitor to help you using our Find a solicitor search tool on the Queensland Law Society website,” she said.
On this National Puppy Day, pet owners are reminded to plan ahead and ensure that their furry loved ones are protected. By making a Will, registering with the Home Ever After Program, and seeking professional advice from a Solicitor, pet owners can rest assured that their pets will be cared for according to their wishes.
More information on making a Will can found at About Wills - The Public Trustee of Queensland