Depending on a cat's age/life expectancy, one must also figure in potential
health problems and veterinary visits.  I had a call from a woman who wanted
to "get rid" of her 15 yr old cat - she said that she would give me a
sizable donation, even after telling her over and over, that we do not
accept owner-surrendered cats, our priorities are taking them off the street
etc. I was curious about what she considered to be a "sizable" donation - it
was $100! I asked her how much one average vet visit cost her...she thought
for a minute, and said, about $160!!!!  BTW - we do make exceptions about
owner-surrendered cats, emergencies, etc, and we always take back any cat(s)
that were adopted from us, no matter how long ago. 
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of dana giordano
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Money in trust for cats........

I don't know how old the cats are but (i'm sorry) the amounts I am seeing
(500/1000) doesn't seem like it would be enough to take care of the cats for
long other than maybe food needs. I definitely could be wrong. And maybe
that's all it's intended for.

Natalie that is a fantastic idea!

I wanted to share some potential solutions just to put it out there?  Love
that one though. (note: :P)

Has anyone thought of raising funds via chipin, maybe through a local 501c3
so their donators will get tax deductions, or perhaps kickstarter, or pepsi
refresh? These are very popular fund raising sites nowadays and you can
choose different just have to hit the minimum to get the money
I think but people can always contribute more than requested, especially if
you state that in the description of why you are looking for funds.

And just fyi - there are actually cat retirement homes out there - did
anyone know that? Isn't that a smart idea? Wanted to put that out there too,
although they make you pay upfront for the lifetime care of the cats.  I'm
sure they would give you a figure on the costs if you ask, and maybe it's
just a good idea to have that number for a goal.

Also, if there are no no-kill shelters near you perhaps you could find some
that are sort of nearby and see if local rescue groups would be willing to
transport them to that shelter, the shelter take them, and get that contact
info out to family and in the will so there is a plan in place and it will
get done.  Also, they may have ideas on wills and after-care for animals.
I'm sure they deal with it all the time.

It's smart to think ahead. Good to see people doing so. I'm fairly young and
I think all my kitties will be gone by I'm 60 (I have 7.) which was just a
lucky thing, not a well-thought out thing, so hopefully I won't have to deal
with this myself.  If I want animals after that I decided I'm only going to
foster them because of exactly this situation. Mostly because I have no
money to even put away what you guys have! :)

On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM, Lorrie <> wrote:

> Hi Kat,  This is exactly what I have done so far.  In my will I have
> left $1,000 for each of my 14 cats.  It is the best I can think of to
> assure they are cared for. However, I have no way of knowing some
> unscrupulous person won't take the money and dump the cat!!  It's the
> big question of WHO will take each cat, and how can I be certain they
> will be taken care of. We have no local no-kill shelter, and the
> humane society in our small town is worthless. They are mainly
> concerned with dogs.
> My grown kids all adore cats, but they have a bunch of their own, so
> I know they couldn't take all 14 of mome.  It is such a big problem,
> but I must get it resolved as time is running out.  I have enough
> money from a small inheritance to insure the care and safety of my
> cats, but overseeing this is the huge problem.
> Lorrie in WV
> On 02-25, katskat1 wrote:
> > I too had this concern as I run a small rescue as well as having
> > several cats and dogs of my own.  In my 60's, live along female.  I
> > finally talked to a lawyer while arranging my will and found the thing
> > that makes me feel best.
> >
> > I allocated a certain lump sum per animal ($500/cat, $1000/dog as I
> > couldn't afford to set up a trust altho am still considering that) in
> > my will for any and all animals alive at the time of my death.  This
> > money goes to the local no kill shelter or humane society to be used
> > specifically for each animal with the sole purpose of allowing it to
> > live its' full, natural life in a healthy and natural manner, adopted
> > or fostered if possible and NOT to be euthanized unless two vets
> > concur it is a medical neccessity.
> >
> > Best I could do but it will hopefully serve the purpose.
> >
> > Anybody have any ideas on how I can make it more air tight?  I don't
> > know if I would have much more money than that as I don't own much but
> > I have asked my one sister to allow it from life insurance if
> > necessary and she has agreed.
> >
> > Good luck..... and NEVER allow your animals to go anywhere you haven't
> > visited and seen several times, at several times of day, unnanounced
> > if possible.
> >
> > kat
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