Who will care for your pets while you are away?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOUR PET NEEDS HELP WHEN YOU AREN’T THERE?

What if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency? Does your pet sitter/caretaker have needed information about your pet? Does your pet sitter/caretaker have the authority to obtain veterinary care for your pet?

First, you need to determine who will be looking out for your pet(s) if you are not at home or are otherwise unable to care for your pet. Once you have done that, we have created some documents that will help you that you can download and print. (They can be downloaded below)

1. A card for your wallet or billfold stating that you have pets at home and directing that your designated caretaker should be contacted if something happens to you.

2. Information sheets about your dog(s) or cat(s) that will provide important information about your pet for your pet sitter/caretaker. Fill out one for each pet and put in a folder or place that will be readily found.

3. A document authorizing your pet sitter/caretaker to act on your behalf to obtain veterinary care for your pet. Many veterinarians are hesitant to or will not treat a pet without the owner’s consent, so this is an important document!