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  • Let the animal get adjusted to its new surroundings before leaving it for an extended period of time.
  • Leave familiar items, bedding, food, dishes, toys, for the host family.
  • Leave feeding schedule, vet's name and number.


  • Ask your vet, local animal clubs and/ or pet stores for suggestions for potential new owners for your pet.
  • Be careful advertising "free to a good home" as unscrupulous people often collect animals for unsavory purposes by answering these ads.
  • For a purebred, call a breed rescue service to help with placement.
  • Visit the local animal shelter to see if there have been any inquiries for a pet like yours.

Providing for your pet:

In the event of your death, provisions to provide for the comfort and care of the animal should be in your will. Planning should include:

  • Designating caretakers
  • Providing funds for your pet's care
  • Establishing an honorary trust for your chosen caretaker to use solely for the upkeep of your animal's health and well-being.
  • Providing for euthanasia if caretakers are not found.
  • Emergency instructions to carry in your wallet in the event you are unable to return home due to accident, death, etc.
    • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
      Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals
      has free information for providing for your pet -- wills and instructions to others on caring for your pet in the event of an emergency. Be aware that elements of wills vary among states, so you should have the will reviewed by an attorney.
    • To obtain this information write for:

      The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
      Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals
      42 West 44th St.
      New York, NY 10036-6690. 
      Or you can phone (212) 382-6695
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