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Making the heart-wrenching decision to end your pet's life is one of the hardest ones we can be asked to make. However, it need not be a solitary one. Your veterinarian, as well as close friends and family, can help you make the decision that is right for you and your pet.
"Euthanasia...What to Expect" Helps you consider all aspects of the act of euthanasia, including how to make the appointment, whether to remain present during the procedure, whether in-home euthanasia may be better for you and your pet, and more.
Losing a pet, whether it is through death or that your pet is missing, is a very painful event. For support and tips for coping, read below.
"Pet Loss Support Page" This link provides 10 tips for coping with pet loss.
"Lost/Found Pet Resource Guide" Goes to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s website, where there is a helpful guide for steps to take in finding a pet that has become lost.
"What to Do if Your Pet Is Lost" (.pdf) Covers the basic steps for finding a lost pet.
"Find Your Pet Strategy Plan and Checklist" Provides a useful checklist for finding a missing pet.
www.local.com Offers resources for sending an "Amber" alert for your pet.
"Lost a Pet? Found a Stray?" This link to Pets911 provides some helpful resources for contacting those who may be able to help you find a missing pet.
"Animal Owners Set Up Trust Funds for Their Pets" This link discusses the value of trust funds set up for your pet and how only 16 states in the US allow such legal arrangements.
"How to Start a Pet Trust Fund" Provides a six-step plan for setting up a fund for your pets upon your death. The biggest hurdle is finding someone who will follow your wishes and serve as caretaker.
"The Growing Demand for Pet Trust Funds" Discusses setting up support for your pet for his or her next home in the event of your passing.
"Financially Protecting Your Pet" (.pdf) Gives practical advice for important considerations such as what if my pet needs expensive care, and what will happen to my pet were I to die suddenly.
www.forget-me-notpetcrematory.com This link is for Forget Me Not Pet Crematory, located in Northborough, MA.
"Cherished Memories" A directory by state for pet cemeteries and crematoria.
www.deceasedpetcare.com Offers products to remember your deceased pet by. The overall website is for a pet cemetery and crematorium in the metro Atlanta, GA, area, but the products can be shipped.