The Power of Planning in Companion Animal Caregiving: Part 1-Webinar Opportunity

When we bring a new pet into our families we take on the responsibility of caring for them for the rest of their lives, but what if something happens to us? Who would care for your animal or animals, and where would they go?

Unfortunately, accidents can happen when we least expect them, life transitions can occur unexpectedly, and the current state of pandemic can lead to rapidly changing circumstances. In the event that you are not longer able to care for your animals, It is important to plan ahead by making decisions about who will take over their care, where they will go, and what their care will look like. Advanced directives can be helpful in outlining your pet’s needs, and who should be next in line for assuming responsibility for their well-being.

Advanced Directives are documents that outline where you would like your animal to go if something should happen to you, or what your wishes are for your animal if they need medical attention and you are unable to relay those wishes directly.

Important information to include:

  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Payment information
  • Authorized amount for medical care
  • Veterinary contact name and number
  • Health care agent, and other people you trust to make decisions about your animal’s care
  • Medical records
    • Radiography (X-Rays etc.)
    • Diagnostic tests
    • Vaccination records
  • If there is a poor prognosis, be sure to include your wishes for resuscitation, end of life, and after care.

Helpful People and Places to Give Copies of Your Directive:

  • Family
  • Veterinarian
  • Emergency Veterinarian
  • Pet Sitter
  • Doggy Daycare
  • Friends
  • Lawyer

For a helpful example of an advanced directive: p

Webinar June 11th: Can You Trust Your Pet? Of course, with a Pet Trust!

Description: This webinar will focus on including your pets as part of your estate plan using a Pet Trust to ensure that no loved pet ever ends up alone, afraid, in a shelter or euthanized. Pets are treasured members of our family, yet they don’t have the ability to care for themselves if something happens to us. If a pet parent becomes disabled or dies, a Pet Trust can provide the resources to a named Pet Caregiver under the supervision of a Pet Trustee to ensure loving, lifetime care. Pet Trusts come in different shapes and sizes: Should your pet stay in your home while a Pet Caregiver moves in and provides care? Should your loved pet be placed with an alternate Forever Family who will never replace you, but can provide continued care? Or, perhaps your pet would be best served in a pet community like a sanctuary or perpetual care organization. Join us to learn more about how you can ensure that your loved pet remains in a loving home.

About the Presenter: Peggy Hoyt is a Stetson University graduate receiving her B.B.A. in 1981, her M.B.A. in 1982 and her J.D. in 1993. She is a founding partner of Hoyt & Bryan, LLC. and is dual certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates and in Elder Law. She practices in the areas of family wealth and legacy counselling, including trust and estate planning and administration, elder law, small business creation, succession and exit planning, real estate transactions and animal law. She serves as a certified FINRA Arbitrator and is also a Florida Circuit Court Mediator concentrating in family business, estate administration, and animal law issues. Peggy was an adjunct professor of Animal Law with Barry University College of Law.

Time: June 11, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Link for Registration:

For questions regarding advanced directives, or for more information about caregiving for a beloved companion animal, please visit our website (, reach out via email to, or call us at: 253-983-1114, extension 116.

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