FOR many pet owners, especially elderly people, what happens to their animals if they die before them is a major concern. The pets of many elderly people are valuable companions and there for them when family can’t be. The Home for Life is the RSPCA’s free service, giving pet owners peace of mind that their animals will be looked after even after they have gone.
The national charity is well aware that too many cats and dogs are left homeless after their owners die, but now those signing up for the service can ensure they are properly looked after if anything happens. Home for Life is for pet owners of any age and should a pet outlive its owner the RSPCA will take them into care and set about finding them a new home. People need to include wording in their will, passing care of their pets to the RSPCA. This will cover all animals which come into the person’s ownership throughout their lifetime, not just current pets.
The Barrow and Furness branch of the RSPCA is part of this scheme and people can pick up information pamphlets at the branch office in Church Street, Barrow, which is open Monday to Friday from 10am until noon. Alternatively, people can call 0300 123 0239 and quote the RSPCA Furness and Barrow Branch and they will be provided with information over the phone. They can also visit the website at www.homeforlife.org.uk.
Barrow and Furness RSPCA rehoming officer Claire Pettingale said: “Depending on space constraints, the pet may not remain within our branch area, but will be cared for within the RSPCA branch system. “The RSPCA will do its very best to find the pet a new and loving home. “Members of the public must register their pets with Home for Life and must also have a clause in their will requesting that the care of their pets be handed over to the RSPCA after their death. “All of this information is provided by the above sources, but I do want to emphasise that people need to register for the service.”