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Estate Planning for Pets A Must! Let AHS Help!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
(973) 824-7080

ANIMALS OFTEN OUTLIVE THEIR OWNERS:
ASSOCIATED HUMANE SOCIETIES URGES ESTATE PLANNING FOR PETS

(Newark, NJ) -- The average life span of a macaw parrot is 80 years. Some dogs and cats live for 18 to 20 years and, in many cases, out-live their owners. The problem is, when the owner dies, the pet often has no where to go. The Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo is urging pet owners to make provisions for the future of their animals.

Roseann Trezza, Executive Director of the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo says, “All too often, we are called upon to retrieve animals from homes in which their owners have passed away. In most cases, plans for the pet have not been made. We have facilities where we can provide lifetime care for dogs, cats, birds and other animals. All a pet owner has to do is make the plans.”

Trezza explains that including pets in a will is not enough, “By the time the will is probated, your animals may already have been taken to the local pound and euthanized. So, planning for their future through the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo is the safest measure you can take.”

Pets who have lost their owners can live out their lives at the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Forked River facility where the same staff members take care of the animals on a daily basis. There is also a full-time veterinary staff on hand. Pet owners also have the option of requesting that their pets live out their lives at Kitty City or the Animal Haven Farm or be made available for adoption into carefully-screened homes.

For more information on Estate Planning for Pets, visit Planned Giving, contact us via e-mail or call at 973-824-7080. Feel free to visit and see the amenities provided for animals.

4/12/2007

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