Planning for the care of our animal companions is the most responsible and compassionate gesture we can make to assure ourselves that their care will be continued in such a way that they’re most comfortable. Losing the care and adoration of a guardian will put pets in a vulnerable position – something none of us want to see for those souls who have brightened our days with their company.

It’s important to think about AND discuss plans with family members, community volunteers and/or businesses who may be able to help should you become incapacitated. This guide is meant to help you in a few ways:

(1) To note information about your pets which would be vital should you become incapacitated. CLICK HERE for our Companion Planning Questionnaire.

(2) To investigate potential resources to help you care for your companions should you need it.

(3) To discuss options with friends, family and community volunteers so you have peace of mind. CLICK HERE for information on legal documents for planning.

It’s most important that you investigate and discuss while you’re capable and learn what could be the best opportunities for your companions should you not be able to care for them.

Financial Assistance:
Financial Assitance Sites by State – CLICK HERE

Finding Local Rescues:
The Shelter Pet Project – CLICK HERE

Meals on Wheels – CLICK HERE

Finding Volunteer Help:
Volunteer Match – CLICK HERE

Lets Join Paws – CLICK HERE


Seniors Pets – CLICK HERE


In Pets We Trust – AARP – CLICK HERE

Providing for Pets

Choosing a New Home

What To Do When a Dog Really Needs to be Rehomed

The Senior Dog Project


Dogs Trust

The Cinnamon Trust
An established charity in England: The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem – for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.

A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in the hospital – volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.

The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.

When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.