Remembering Your Pets

Scientific research has documented the positive affect that pet ownership can have on one’s life. There has been a pet in our home for over 30 years except for a period of about 6 months. We could really tell there was a void during those months when we were without a pet. Needless to say, we have filled that void and now our home is run and ruled by a rotten little 7.4 pound scoundrel.


Our more mature citizens often fear becoming a pet owner. Even though they understand the benefit of pet ownership and the love, attention, and devotion that a pet brings to the home, they have an overriding fear for the continued care of their pet should their pet outlive them. That is a very understandable, admirable, and unselfish trait. They do not want to run the risk that their pet which is so near and dear to them could end up being abandoned.


If this is your concern for lack of pet ownership, I have found a solution. I serve as a volunteer to their University of Florida Advisor Network. In their Spring 2016 newsletter, they describe a program to make sure your pet is provided for in the event your pet outlives you. You can enroll your pet(s) in their Pet Legacy Program where your pet will be cared for and adopted into another loving home. This is done through the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Your pet(s) will be given a special identification tag and you will be given stickers for your home and car that will advise first responders to contact the college.


Yes, there is a charge for this if you want to look at it that way. I prefer to look at it as my responsibility to provide for and take care of someone who is totally dependent upon me and in exchange gives me their total devotion and love. You can make a cash gift to the University of Florida or make arrangements in your will or estate plan to include the University of Florida Pet Legacy Program.


If you have questions or want additional information, please give me a call or you can contact the University of Florida at 352-392-5512 or by email at

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