Who Would Take Care of Your Cats if You No Longer Could?

An important, but often overlooked, piece of estate planning is making arrangements for your furry family members to be cared for after you are no longer able to do so. A little planning can provide some peace of mind—knowing that whatever happens to you, your cats will be just fine.

Purrfect Pals is happy to be here as a lifeline for you and your cats. If you would like to make arrangements for your cats to come live with us, should they outlive you, please let us know. Enrolling your kitties in our no-strings-attached Guardian Angel Program will ensure they have a lifelong, loving home should the need arise.

Who Would Take Care of Your Cats if You No Longer Could?

An important, but often overlooked, piece of estate planning is making arrangements for your furry family members to be cared for after you are no longer able to do so. A little planning can provide some peace of mind—knowing that whatever happens to you, your cats will be just fine.

Purrfect Pals is happy to be here as a lifeline for you and your cats. If you would like to make arrangements for your cats to come live with us, should they outlive you, please let us know. Enrolling your kitties in our no-strings-attached Guardian Angel Program will ensure they have a lifelong, loving home should the need arise.

How Does the Guardian Angel Program Work?

When your cat is enrolled in the Guardian Angel Program, Purrfect Pals will take ownership of him/her in the event of your death or incapacitation.

When he/she first arrives at our Arlington facility, we will focus on making their transition as comfortable as possible. They will likely still be grieving and scared to be in a new and unfamiliar place with people they don’t know. We will set them up in a quiet and comfortable room, ensure they are eating well and provide the medical care and affection they will need in order to minimize stress and keep them from getting sick while they are settling in. If you have more than one kitty coming to live with us, we will house them together so they can be more comfortable (or separately if you tell us that would be best).

Purrfect Pals will determine whether it is in your cat’s best interest to be rehomed via our adoption program or to live with us permanently in either our Arlington sanctuary or a trusted foster home. This decision will be made based on our staff’s observations, the information you provide on your enrollment paperwork and our veterinarian’s medical expertise.

While your cat is under the care of Purrfect Pals, any and all medical decisions (including end-of-life care when the time comes) will be made based on his/her quality of life. The financial cost of care is never a determining factor in our veterinarian’s medical treatment plans.

Likewise, the quality of care that your cat will receive is in no way contingent upon whether or not you give a legacy gift to Purrfect Pals. We hope you will continue to support our organization throughout your lifetime and that you will remember us when designating any charitable gifts in your estate planning. You are not, however, required to make a financial contribution before enrolling your cat in our Guardian Angel Program.

How Does the Guardian Angel Program Work?

When your cat is enrolled in the Guardian Angel Program, Purrfect Pals will take ownership of him/her in the event of your death or incapacitation.

When he/she first arrives at our Arlington facility, we will focus on making their transition as comfortable as possible. They will likely still be grieving and scared to be in a new and unfamiliar place with people they don’t know. We will set them up in a quiet and comfortable room, ensure they are eating well and provide the medical care and affection they will need in order to minimize stress and keep them from getting sick while they are settling in. If you have more than one kitty coming to live with us, we will house them together so they can be more comfortable (or separately if you tell us that would be best).

Purrfect Pals will determine whether it is in your cat’s best interest to be rehomed via our adoption program or to live with us permanently in either our Arlington sanctuary or a trusted foster home. This decision will be made based on our staff’s observations, the information you provide on your enrollment paperwork and our veterinarian’s medical expertise.

While your cat is under the care of Purrfect Pals, any and all medical decisions (including end-of-life care when the time comes) will be made based on his/her quality of life. The financial cost of care is never a determining factor in our veterinarian’s medical treatment plans.

Likewise, the quality of care that your cat will receive is in no way contingent upon whether or not you give a legacy gift to Purrfect Pals. We hope you will continue to support our organization throughout your lifetime and that you will remember us when designating any charitable gifts in your estate planning. You are not, however, required to make a financial contribution before enrolling your cat in our Guardian Angel Program.

What Do We Need From You?

To Enroll Your Cat in the Guardian Angel Program, Please Complete These Steps:

  • Specify in your Will or trust documents that your cat is to be entrusted to Purrfect Pals at the time of your death: “At the time of my death, I give ownership of my cat(s) to the Purrfect Pals Guardian Angel Program for placement in a loving home.
  • Please be sure to include our address (230 McRae Rd NE, Arlington, WA 98223), and our Tax ID/EIN number (94-3127448).
  • Designate a friend, relative or estate executor to act as interim caretaker for your kitty and to transport them to Purrfect Pals.
  • Complete our Guardian Angel Enrollment Form, providing us with as much information as possible about your cat. We want to know about their food and litter preferences, likes and dislikes, favorite toys and activities, habits and special needs. We will also need your veterinarian’s contact information and permission for them to release your cat’s medical records to Purrfect Pals after we take ownership.
  • Send a copy of the completed Guardian Angel Enrollment Form to Purrfect Pals and keep a copy with your Will and other estate planning documents along with instructions for your designated interim caretaker. We recommend updating the form yearly, especially if any significant changes occur.
  • Questions? Please contact our Executive Director, Kathleen Olson, at [email protected] or (360) 926-8467.

To Enroll Your Cat in the Guardian Angel Program, Please Complete These Steps:

  • Specify in your Will or trust documents that your cat is to be entrusted to Purrfect Pals at the time of your death: “At the time of my death, I give ownership of my cat(s) to the Purrfect Pals Guardian Angel Program for placement in a loving home.
  • Please be sure to include our address (230 McRae Rd NE, Arlington, WA 98223), and our Tax ID/EIN number (94-3127448).
  • Designate a friend, relative or estate executor to act as interim caretaker for your kitty and to transport them to Purrfect Pals.
  • Complete our Guardian Angel Enrollment Form, providing us with as much information as possible about your cat. We want to know about their food and litter preferences, likes and dislikes, favorite toys and activities, habits and special needs. We will also need your veterinarian’s contact information and permission for them to release your cat’s medical records to Purrfect Pals after we take ownership.
  • Send a copy of the completed Guardian Angel Enrollment Form to Purrfect Pals and keep a copy with your Will and other estate planning documents along with instructions for your designated interim caretaker. We recommend updating the form yearly, especially if any significant changes occur.
  • Questions? Please contact our Executive Director, Kathleen Olson, at [email protected] or (360) 926-8467.