Some great ideas/questions!  Thank you all and keep them coming.

Right now I am on unemployment and will eventually start receiving a
small retirement amt each month that will barely pay the mortgage and
food so realizing the $500/$1000 was so totally inadequate - which I
should have known - was a set back I will have to deal with.  I guess
I was thinking it would be a bridge until the care-taker could find
forever homes for them.  That, of course, leads to another concern
about how to be sure the care-taker could be trusted to find good
homes..............................

Not sure about those on-line fund raising sites someone
suggested......beg for money?  I don't think I would give money to a
stranger on line with no real info as to where it will really go so
why would I expect anyone else to do so?  Sounds strange.

I like the idea of someone moving into house but who would oversee
that person to make sure the animals are receiving the care they
should? My few remaining relatives live many states away and are
within a few years of my age or older. What happens to the
person/house after the animals alive at the time of my death are no
longer living? Maybe as part of the will the house and property could
revert to a rescue site?  Yikes!  How to do that with zoning laws and
all........ And I would have to be sure the house could be paid for at
my death........ ARGHHHHHH...

I wish I knew a way to find an attorney I could trust to be familiar
with these types of situations AND share my love for these furry kids.
 Maybe listed in the yellow pages under "Attorneys - Animal Trusts"???
or something?  ;-)  And would be willing and able to do it without
charging an arm and a leg.  Sigh.

Sooooooooooooooooo much to think about.

Keep the ideas coming.. And thank you all.

Kat

On 2/26/11, Peggy Verdonck <jetalitosunnys...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm so glad my family knows how important my cats and other pets are to me!
> Most my family members and friends are huge animal lovers and I have no
> doubt that they will take great care of mine, if something would happen to
> me and my husband.
>
> 2011/2/26 dana giordano <giordano.d...@gmail.com>
>
>> 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: Must.buy.house. :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 amounts...you 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 <felineres...@kvinet.com> 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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