If you are concerned about what would happen to your Italian Greyhound if you died or were incapacitated, take steps now to ensure that he/she would be cared for. You can name a guardian in your will or set up a pet trust that will be funded by some of the proceeds from your estate.
Speak first to the person you choose as guardian to make sure that he or she is willing and able to take on the responsibility of your Italian Greyhound. Name an alternate guardian as well, in case your first choice is no longer in a position to care for your Italian Greyhound. Your lawyer can advise you on the best way to word your wishes to ensure your dog’s comfort and happiness. The Humane Society of the United States also offers information on writing a will to protect your Italian Greyhound.
You may wish to look into the possibility of placing your pet in a retirement home for animals whose people have died. These include the Pet Survivors Life Care Program, managed by the SPCA of Texas and the Perpetual Pet Care Program, administered by Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Other programs exist as well. Costs usually range from $10,000 to $25,000.
The laws governing companion animals change often and range widely depending on whether you live in the South or the North, the East or the West, or the city or country. To learn what your specific rights and responsibilities are as an animal caretaker, contact your local animal control facility.
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