If you are a pet owner and concerned with protecting your companion, carrying a note in your wallet which contains care instructions in case of an emergency is always a good idea.
The emergency care note should contain:
- Emergency guardian contact info
- Landlord or owner of dwelling contact info
- Executor of estate contact info
- Neighbor’s contact info
You can use the following as a template for your emergency pet care note:
“In any situation in which I am unable to return home to feed my pets, such as my hospitalization or death, please immediately contact [Mary Smith] at [address and phone] or [John Doe] at [address and phone], to arrange for the feeding of my [cats/dogs] located in my home at [address]. The superintendent of my apartment building [name, address and phone], my Executor [name, address and phone], and my neighbor [name, address and phone] each have a copy of this document.”
For more information about protecting your pet, please see “Caring For Your Companion: The Importance of Protecting Your Pet“.