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Estate Planning Ideas

Estate planning isn’t just for when you pass away, but also if you become incapacitated.  The San Jose Mercury News gives some alternatives for those who do not have friends or family who can care for their pets.  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/08/30/planning-for-pets-care-after-youre-gone/

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Estate Planning Seminar

I’m so happy to hear about this!  As a shelter volunteer, I have heard about a number of pets being surrendered to animal shelters after a pet parent unexpectedly passes.  Family and friends have no idea what to do with your pet, or they may not have the ability to help take care of them.  If your pet ends up in the shelter, then your pet is dealing with the loss of their best friend, home and people they are familiar with.

The Sacramento SPCA is offering a complimentary 90-minute Estate Planning Seminar with acclaimed special guest speaker Mark Drobny, Attorney at Law, Master of Laws (L.L.M.), Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and member of The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Introduction to wills and trusts
  • Pet trusts
  • Planning for your pets to be taken care of after you are gone
  • How your advanced planning can enable the Sacramento SPCA to help other animals
  • Retirement and tax planning strategies
  • How to liquidate securities and real estate and pay no capital gains tax
  • How to take IRA distributions and pay little or no income tax on them

You should definitely take advantage of this opportunity if you have no plans in place for your pets after your passing.

For more information or to register for the event click here.

Are you and your pets prepared to handle an emergency?

With all of the devastation happening from the fires in California to the flooding in Louisiana, it is a sad reminder that an emergency plan is a necessity.

Even for myself, I had a gas leak inside of my home and had to immediately remove my pets from inside of our home while we waited for the utility company to respond.

If you are not ready, here is a checklist to help you get started:

http://thedailyworld.com/news/local/disaster-emergency-plans-include-your-pets

Frozen Treats for Chickens

chicken treatsThis one is for our clients with chickens!

To help your feathered friends beat the heat, we found a couple of easy treats you can make in no time.

Click here for frozen ice cube fruit & mint treats from www.fresheggsdaily.com

Another easy idea we found on www.backyardchickens.com was to freeze corn in a muffin pan.

These are creative ideas that have probably inspired many people to create their own unique recipes.  Do you have any special treats that your pets love?  We would love to hear them!

Keep Your Dog Safe in a Heat Wave

Dog Walking by PetWatch 916Now that outdoor temperatures are rising, it is important to remember to keep your pets safe from the heat.  Click on the link below for some good information from Petfinder.com:

Keep Your Dog Safe in a Heat Wave

Have you seen a dog left alone in a car on a hot day?  Click on the link below to find out how you can help a rescue a dog from a hot car:

4 Easy Steps to Help Dogs in Cars

RSVP for the Estate Planning Seminar

As an animal shelter volunteer I have witnessed people surrendering their late family member’s pets to the shelter because they cannot take care of the pets.  There is nothing more heartbreaking and scary for a pet than to lose a member of their family, and then end up in a kennel at the shelter.

Do you have a plan in place for your pets in the event something happens to you?  If not, sign up for the Estate Planning Seminar being offered by the Sacramento SPCA at the following link:

https://secure3.convio.net/sspca/site/SSurvey;jsessionid=51878DDB78244A0CB43D45230A84A1FE.app350a?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1501

A.M./P.M. Pet Visitors Needed

Dog Sitting and Cat Sitting by PetWatch 916PetWatch 916 is seeking exceptional pet visitors to add to our staff.

We will be accepting applications until we find the right staff, so if you are viewing this posting weeks after it’s been published, please contact us as we may still need more staff members!

Visitors needed in: Elk Grove, Wilton and South Sacramento

Information regarding visits:

Visits are 1-2 visits per day for 2-10 days at a time. (You’ll provide feeding, walking, plant watering, and mail pickup while clients are traveling.)

Visits for dogs are 30 to 45 minutes between 7-9 am and 6-8 pm. (Perfect for someone who wants to supplement his/her income before and after a full-time job.)

Visit times for cats are more flexible and are usually once daily for a 30-minute visit.

Requirements for the dog and cat visitor position:
• You have a car.
• You can commit to working with us until at least January 2015.
• You love both dogs and cats.
• You are available for both morning and evening visits.
• You can work at least 2 of the 3 major winter holidays:
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s (Don’t worry; you’ll be able to have a holiday too, and you’ll be paid more per visit during this time.)
• You can pass a criminal / background check.

Please e-mail us at petwatch916@gmail.com, and in 50 words or less, explain why you would be the perfect person for this job. Also, please include your location. Thanks!