Planning for Your Pets

What happens to us if something happens to you?

If you have pets, you want the comfort of knowing they will be cared for and loved if anything should happen to you. We strongly recommend that you remember your pets when crafting your estate planning documents. If you do not have anyone to care for your pets, H.A.L.O. ‘s Continuing Care Program ensures your pet is taken care of.

Through our Continuing Care Program, those who leave a bequest to H.A.L.O. can make plans for the lifetime care of their pets in the event their pets survive them. When a H.A.L.O. member enrolled in this program passes, we guarantee a safe place for their pet(s). They will stay at H.A.L.O., or at one of our foster homes until a new, permanent home can be found for them.

Steps to enroll in H.A.L.O.’s Continuing Care Program:

Step 1: Enroll in the program

Enroll in the program by calling (772) 589-7297 and ask for Allyson Bootes or email [email protected] 

Step 2: Prepare or alter your estate planning documents

Prepare or alter your estate planning documents to include H.A.L.O. Make sure you include sufficient resources to cover the long-term care of your companions, including funds to cover emergency medical care should that become necessary. While many pets are adopted quickly, some are with us for quite a while. Senior pets, or those with medical or behavior-based special needs, can take a lot of time and money before they are ready to be placed into a home. A general rule of thumb is to include a minimum of $5,000 for each of your pets. This will provide for their care and leave enough resources to provide for any emergencies that might arise. One way to accomplish this goal is to take out a life insurance policy and name H.A.L.O. as the beneficiary. This ensures the resources will be available for your pets if they are ever needed.

Step 3: Send H.A.L.O. a copy

Send H.A.L.O. a copy of your estate planning documents.  We will keep this information on file with your enrollment information. This will help ensure the resources left to us may be accessed easily should they be needed.

Step 4: We will send you a card to keep in your wallet
We will send you a card to keep in your wallet indicating that if anything should happen to you, your animals are to be taken directly to our shelter. Place this card in your wallet and inform your friends and family that you have made these preparations.
Preparing for the continued care of your pets is an important part of being a pet parent and H.A.L.O. is happy to provide a safe and loving place for your pets should the time come that it is needed.