Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Secure good home for pet after owner's death

Tuesday May 25, 2010

I refer to the letter, "Include animal companions in will to protect pets' welfare" (my paper, May 19) by Dr Tan Chek Wee.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) thanks Dr Tan for raising this important issue.

It can easily be overlooked in the event of an owner's death where no will has been made or, even in cases where a will was drawn up but no provision was made for a pet.

Consideration to this matter has to be given especially by pet owners who live alone, so that the best solution can be found in the interest of their pets' welfare.

A discussion with the family members and friends to see if they are willing to take on an animal/s is strongly recommended, as securing a loving home for the pet would be the best choice.

The SPCA education team does touch on the importance of keeping a pet for life (including after one has gone) and appreciates Dr Tan's timely reminder to keep emphasising it.

We will also make a point of mentioning this issue on our website under pet-care FAQs and in our newsletter.

Ms Deirdre Moss
Executive Director