What is The Pet Guardian Programme about?
Pet Guardian Programme is the DSPCA’s service, giving pet owners peace of mind. It means we’ll do all we can to find a new and loving home for your pet or pets in the event of your death. All too often, sadly, a large number of cats and dogs are left homeless following their owners’ death. Now you can ensure your pet is properly cared for in the event of this happening.
What happens when I die - how does the DSPCA find out?
Once you are signed up to our Pet Guardian Programme, you should let your solicitor, family and friends know that you want the DSPCA to take in your pet(s) in the event of your death. We wil also provide you with a wallet card, which should be kept with you at all times. It will carry all contact details.
What happens when I die - what is the procedure?
As soon as we are informed that someone who is a member of the DSPCA Pet Guardian Programme has died, become incapacitated or moved into residential care, the DSPCA office will arrange to collect your pet(s) as a matter of urgency. The animals will be taken to the DSPCA Animal Centre while we set about doing all we can to find them a loving new home. In addition, every animal coming into our care gets a full health check. Please note: Members who have become incapacitated or moved into care will need to provide a medical report.
Can you re-home my animals together?
If you want your animals to be re-homed together, you should mention this in your Will. We will endeavour to honour your wishes. In every event, we will do what we feel is best for your pets.
Do you vet new owners?
Before anyone can adopt an animal from the DSPCA, we interview them. This way, there are no impulsive decisions and the DSPCA is certain the animal is going to the right home. In addition, a home visit will be required before adoption, and this is followed up with a post-adoption check.
What happens if my family offer to take the pet?
The DSPCA’s Pet Guardian Programme service is to be used in the event that you have not made alternative provisions for your animal’s care, so if a family member or friend has offered to look after your animal, that’s fine.
What should I include in my will?
As long as your wishes are clearly stated in your will and you have included our charity name and registered charity number this should not pose a problem. Your solicitor might use the following suggested wording for inclusion in your will:
"In the event that any pet animal of mine survives me and I have made no other provisions for its care, I direct my Trustees to notify the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 (registered charity number CHY1047), as soon as practicable. In the case where I may have become incapacitated or moved into residential care and my pet(s) have been taken into the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals care already this gift will still be honoured. The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals having absolute discretion to deal with the welfare of the animal as it considers fit.
I give the sum of € (or specify a share of residue) to the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 (registered charity number CHY1047) for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the honorary treasurer or other proper officer of the said Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy."
For more information please contact us.
DSPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Ireland.
Charity Number: CHY1047