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  • Jennifer Misfeldt, MABTR

Planning Your Dog's Future Without You

Updated: Jan 30, 2022

In so many cases the pets are overlooked after something unexpectedly happens to the owner.

MABTR wants you to be proactive to ensure the continued safety and happiness for your four-legged friend after you are gone.

It's not enough that a friend or relative verbally promised to take in your pet(s) or even that you've decided to leave money to them for that purpose. Work with an attorney to draw up a special will or trust to provide for the care and ownership of your pet(s) as well as the money necessary to care for them.

MABTR gets calls from relatives all the time that the owner passed and no one is wanting to take in their Boston, so the dog is turned over to us. We also get calls from shelters that the owner passed and the dog was brought in due to being homeless.

I could not nor do I want to imagine that my Boston would no longer be cared for or loved once I am gone. Reality is that things happen and you have to prepare your pet's future should you go before them.

Steps to take to ensure your pet is safe and happy after you are gone:

• First, make sure the person you have designated as caregiver seriously agrees to this. Many people say things like this nonchalantly in a conversation, not thinking about the reality or actual possibility.

• We strongly encourage you to go even further and have a backup plan in the event the person designated to take care of your pet cannot. The situation within the new household may have changed since the conversation OR the dynamics within the household are not right for your dog to remain a resident thus has to be rehomed.

• Make sure that money is allocated for the care of your pet especially if they are on medication. Expenses can add up and this could be a factor in the caretaker no longer able to keep your dog.


Remember that MABTR is always here for you should you find that you have no one able to take in your Boston(s). You have our permission to include our contact information in your will to ensure that we are contacted when needed so that your Boston does not land in a shelter or unwanted.

If you have another breed reach out to your local rescue organization to know their program plus obtain contact information.

MABTR Contact information for your will:



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