Of the animals entering shelters, 2% to 3% are surrendered due to the death or disability of their human caregivers. More than 500,000 pets are surrendered to shelters in the United States each year for this reason. Many of these orphaned pets do not adjust well to the experience in a shelter- they refuse to eat, they are despondent, and they are labeled unadoptable. For the same reason, thousands more orphaned pets end up at the veterinary clinics. Sadly, many healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized simply because their owners did not plan for their continued care.
There are a number of things you can do now to ensure that if something happens to you your pet will be cared for. Pet owners should identify caregivers who can care for their pets, maintain written care instructions and set up a finance plan or set aside funds to cover the lifetime care of their pets.
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2nd Chance 4 Pets is an all-volunteer nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to reduce the number of pets euthanized due to the death or disability of the pet owner. Please protect your pets by visiting this website today.