This article is from the WSSF 2011 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
By Cathleen Schneider-Russell
WHAT IF? That question—just two words—can give any parent and/or pet guardian an instant feeling of total fear.
In 2000, The Bark, The Modern Dog Culture magazine*, Volume
13, published an outstanding article
Fire: the Forgotten Victims.
It was written by Caroline Paul, a San Francisco firefighter. She
gave such dramatic and touching details of her experiences of rescuing
people and animals from burning buildings. Firefighter Paul provided
eye-opening information with regards to animals and their instincts
during fires. Most importantly, she provided detailed information
for how pet guardians can help to save our pet’s lives.
Window Stickers – large – at least 5 x 7 size. I am including two examples of stickers. I purchased these, enlarged one, and then made copies. You must personalize them with your specific details. Place them all around your home, including second-story windows—especially the room where your caged darlings are located. In addition to that window, I have also placed a sticker next to the door knob, upon the door of the room where our ratties are located— both stating pet rats in here!
Do not put just one sticker upon your front or back door! The
doors get smashed in first! In our home, including the stickers placed
all around, I made a special sign which is placed in our front window
In case of fire please rescue domestic pet rats—located
left back room with fire sign on door by the knob. Contact: Cathleen
(my emergency cell number), Roger (his emergency cell number) or (I
list two persons who have keys, etc., and their phone numbers)
This next subject is always the one we really put off dealing
with. In the event we become physically incapacitated or upon our
death—what happens to our darlings? The wonderful Jamie Pinn,
Executive Director of the Humane Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.), faces
this challenge each day—it’s heartbreaking. Several years
ago, in a pro-active approach, H.A.R.T.’s Board of Directors
Pets Right to Live Declaration. I have included
a copy of the wallet card that is included within each packet you
can order (there is a fee) from H.A.R.T., which has most excellent
and instructional information.
I am also including contact information below for Pet Guardian, LLC. Founder, Amy Shever, was very thoughtful and provided very helpful information. In addition, the Orange County SPCA, and attorney Tracy J. Roberts gave detailed information about California Probate Code Section 15212, which was enacted to allow for the creation of a valid trust to care for your pets upon your death, which must also include a durable power of attorney for health care should you become incapacitated for whatever reason. Trusts, wills, and advanced directives for health care must be prepared properly with specific and personal details. These are legal documents that must be notarized!
And finally, I highly recommend our attorney, Linda K. Ross, and have included her contact information below. The fees for these most valuable pieces of paper are not cheap. But, believe me, once this task has been completed, being a responsible parent and/or pet guardian brings a peace of mind that makes it totally worth the entire process!
*The Bark – The Dog Culture Magazine http://www.thebark.com
Editor-in-chief Claudia Kawczynska firstname.lastname@example.org
on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/barkmagazine
on twitter https://twitter.com/the_bark
Pet Guardian, Amy Shever, Founder
1484 Pollard Road, Suite 444
Los Gatos, CA 95032
FAX (408) 866-6659
Toll-free (888) 843-4040
Jamie Pinn, H.A.R.T. Executive Director, (310) 204-4350,
P.O. Box 920
Fillmore, California 93016
Cathleen Schneider-Russell’s Personal Trust Attorney:
Linda K. Ross, Attorney-at-Law
1370 Brea Blvd., Suite 124
Fullerton, CA 92835
http://www.orangecountyspca.org (714) 374-7738 (call to find outreach): Tracy J. Roberts, Esq., Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Specialist, the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization