Where there’s a will … your pet should be in it

The greatest gift you can give your pet is a happy life after you are gone.  Planning today will help your pets find a new home when you are no longer here.

You are a responsible pet person. Your animals are sterilized or you’ve taken other effective steps to prevent unwanted litters. Your animals are microchipped and your contact information is current. Vaccinations and checkups? You bet — all up to date.

Yet often forgotten (or maybe avoided) even by responsible pet people is the most important gift you can give your animals: ensuring they are cared for upon your death or incapacitation. Death and incapacitation are hardly fun topics, but unless we have plans in place, our pets will be at the mercy of others when we are gone.

Las Cruces City Councilor and ASCMV Board Chair Becky Corran recently arranged for a local animal welfare nonprofit to care and find homes for her animals in the event of her death. She made a smaller financial gift now and will make a larger gift upon her death. Corran set up her will without a lawyer, but she carefully researched the statutory language required in New Mexico and used the paperwork and language provided by her chosen animal welfare nonprofit.

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