What happens to your pets when you die?

LOOKING FOR A HOME: Samora the cat and dogs Mickey and Mitzie (pictured below) are in the care of 4Paws after their elderly owner died.
LOOKING FOR A HOME: Samora the cat and dogs Mickey and Mitzie (pictured below) are in the care of 4Paws after their elderly owner died. Peter Evans

MICKEY, Mitzie and Samora gave their elderly owner many years of unconditional love and companionship before he passed away from a sudden, tragic illness.

Now they are facing an uncertain future as 4Paws Animal Rescue works hard to urgently find them a new forever home.

4Paws president Julie Penlington said the trio's circumstances were not unique.

In the past 30 days, 4Paws have been contacted by the families of four deceased people left with pets no-one could care for.

Would you consider putting your pets in your Will?

This poll ended on 12 August 2015.

Current Results

Yes, they are like family, I want to make sure they are looked after


No, it's not needed, I know they will be okay when I'm gone


I'd never thought about it until now, good idea!


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"The Coast has an ageing population and sometimes people have nobody they can leave their animals with," Mrs Penlington said.

"In this instance, the man died very suddenly and it shows how important it is to always have your animals provided for like mine are in my will.

"People have the expectations that their families will take care of their pets, but quite often that doesn't occur."

Natasha Whyte and Julie Penlington with Mickey and Mitsi.
Natasha Whyte and Julie Penlington with Mickey and Mitsi. Peter Evans

Mrs Penlington said a variety of circumstances often prevented well-meaning families from taking on the beloved pets of their deceased relatives.

"There may be financial restraints or they live in a unit or property that doesn't allow animals for instance," she said.

"If you can include them in your will, you've spoken to possible caretakers and it's all there signed, sealed and delivered, and your pets will be provided for and protected."

Although Mickey, Mitzie and Samora were doing well in temporary 4Paws care, Mrs Penlington said they were "terribly grief stricken".

The hunt is now on for a new home for the four-year-old fox terrier, four-year-old Chihuahua and eight-year-old cat.

Mrs Penlington said the dogs had to be rehomed together and they would prefer someone to be able to take on all three.

She said the pets would suit an active working or retired single or couple as they had not lived with children.

Anyone interested can apply at can call 0438 635 191.

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