New dog care program will take care of pets if owners get sick or die


Dog owners can purchase a new card that guarantees their pet will be taken care of if they suddenly get sick or die.

A local charity says more than half of dog owners in Northern Ireland have no plans in place for their pets should their circumstances change dramatically.

Dogs Trust says its free card system eliminates the risk of the situation, ensuring the dog has a safe space with him and the hope of a new home if needed.

And they compared their canine care card plan to having an organ donor card; available in an emergency with the hope that it is never needed.

Today, the charity, based in Ballymena, County Antrim, is urging owners to anticipate and arrange for their dog’s care if he becomes seriously ill or dies.

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Their research shows that locally 55% of dog owners haven’t made any plans or even thought about who would take care of their dog if the worst happened.

And while 46% of owners think friends or family would take care of their pet, they haven’t discussed it with them or made any firm plans.

The charity says owners could put their dogs in a vulnerable position by not making arrangements for their care if they fell seriously ill or died, with 32% of those polled in Northern Ireland admitting they didn’t hadn’t even thought about what would happen in this scenario.

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And 7% said they did not have anyone who would be able to help, an area of ​​concern for the association.

Now Dogs Trust is urging the public to sign up for its free dog care card service, to ensure their dog can be looked after by the UK’s largest dog welfare charity in the one of its state-of-the-art placement centers, should the owner become too ill to be able to keep them or die.

You can follow these steps to become a Canine Care card holder:

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Choose your dog sitter – they can register your dog with Dogs Trust if you are unable to do so. Make sure it’s someone you trust, like a friend, family member, or lawyer. Ask them before applying, as we will need their contact details.

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Complete the online request form – have the contact details of your dog’s keeper and your dog’s microchip number ready before you start. Find it here.

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Receive your dog care card – when it arrives, fill in the details and place it in your wallet or purse with your other cards, so that it can always be found.

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Leave instructions in your will – confirm your wishes in your will to make sure they are granted. We suggest the wording: “I also want Dogs Trust to look after and / or relocate my dog ​​at the time of my death”.

The association also encourages dog owners to appoint a “dog sitter”, this can be a family member, a friend or even a neighbor or a veterinarian who agrees to take care for your dog and surrender your dog to Dogs Trust in the meantime if you are not over power.

Dogs Trust also recommends updating your will to include your dog care card information and letting your friends and family know your wishes to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible when the time comes.

Conor O’Kane, Placement Center Manager at Dogs Trust Ballymena, said:

“Recent world events have shown that we never know what to expect and that life can be unpredictable.

“As a nation of dog lovers we know the little quirks that make our dogs unique and I for one like to have the peace of mind that if the time comes when I can’t be with my dog. , Dogs Trust is the next best place for her and they will never bring down a healthy dog.

“We want to standardize your dog’s care planning should the worst happen, so dog owners can have peace of mind and their four-legged friend will receive the best possible care if they can’t anymore.

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“We urge dog owners to consider purchasing a free dog care card, so that in the worst case, Dogs Trust can welcome your dog and ensure he is looked after as you would at the House.

“First adopted by Dogs Trust in 2014, Max and Wills, both Yorkshire Terriers, lived with their beloved owners until they both passed away.

“The owners of Max and Wills had signed up for a dog care card, and with the help of their families, we were able to entrust the couple’s beloved dogs to each other and Max and Wills were relocated together.”

And their new owners absolutely adore the couple, saying, “Max and Wills are a blessing and we’re so glad they chose us. They have settled in extremely well and are a joy. They make us smile every day.

The message comes as the charity launches a heartwarming television commercial, encouraging people to consider signing up for a free dog care card.

The ad, with a voiceover from dog-loving actor Jonathan Pryce, portrays the crossbreed Wilf’s close connection to his owner, Tom – including Wilf’s penchant for stealing Tom’s underwear. Sadly, Tom passed away, but luckily he had signed up for the Dogs Trust canine care card, meaning Wilf and all his quirks were taken care of by the charity. The ad will air on UK television screens for eight weeks.

You can apply for the Dogs Trust Canine Care Card by clicking on here.

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