The news came in Saturday that John passed away in the early hours before dawn. The shift from bedside vigil and prayer to disbelief and grief is over-whelming . Sunday I took the call asking for help with the now orphaned Parrots. 'What about the Parrots'?
As a friend of the family and a Parrot/Paw person my heart sank hearing the news of John's passing. There were no provisions or an Estate Plan to take care of the Parrots if he passed before them.
It's a hard reality to embrace but there are over 500,000 Pets orphaned every year due to the death or disability of their Humans. Many of these Pets end up euthanized because many people assume their Families will care for them, it just doesn't happen that way. Now think about the other reality; 4-5 million Pets are euthanized every year in the United States! We can reduce this by planning ahead for our Pets.
These two Half Moon Conures are considered Senior Citizens at 27 yrs old, a another strike against them since the life span for these Birds is 30 years. I'm calling them 'Heckle & Jeckle'. They know somethings up...John hasn't been home for a month.. They have been Cage Mates and Companions to John for the 27 years. That's longer than most marriages! Now he's gone. The only hope for them today is the organization PEAC, Parrot Education Adoption Center. Reaching out to Rescue organizations, most are full, under funded and maxed out seeking donations and support to keep the Birds they have alive. This opened my eyes to the silent suffering that continues after the death of their Humans. The last thing, the last consideration while planning a funeral is the distressing challenge to 're-home' a loving family Pet(s) These Poor Parrots have lost their family!
So I must ask, have you made provisions for your Pets in your Estate Plan? Researching this topic I found a very informative guide, 'Who Will Care When You're Not There? Estate Planning for Pet Owners'. This guide is a must read immediately with tear out tools to prepare and submit to your Estate Attorney. No one wants to think about dying, but I know you don't want your constant companion to be toss out and or worse, euthanized. I encourage you to think about what's best for your Pet before you no longer have a say. Our Pets fill our lives with love, companionship and purpose. Please take to heart these two Parrots, Heckle & Jeckle, helpless and now homeless, orphaned with an uncertain fate, no plan for their care. Don't delay, make plans for your Pets today.
If you know any Parrot lovers in or around San Diego, these two Senior Citizens Birds are looking for a compassionate place to live out their days. Call me at 858-603-9925 and Thank you!
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