Getting Your Ducks in a Row
Bella Vista Farms is a licensed animal sanctuary. In a nutshell, this means animals that make their way to the farm, no matter what the reason, are here to stay. No adoptions, period. Plain and simple.
Over the many years of accepting abused, abandoned and unwanted domestic and farmyard animals of all ages, we’ve seen a lot. Many times owners move, lose interest or find themselves financially unable to care for their pet. But, at times, sadly, owners die. If relatives or friends are unable to take over the care of the pet, up steps Bella Vista Farms. When pets arrive, questions need to be asked. Problem? Possibly…Read on.
When asked the pet’s name – that’s usually an easy one. Now it gets tougher. Pet’s age? Any medical problems? Are they on a special diet? On heart worm preventative? Current on their yearly vaccines? On any regular medications? Veterinarian’s name and phone number? Current rabies vaccine? Have they had a recent dental exam? Do they dig out of fencing? Are they crate trained? Have a favorite bed or toy? The usual answer? “I don’t know”.
OK, all this said, where do I start? Yup. From scratch. Please, if you have any type of pet, have a written plan.
Preferably, have someone that will take your pet in case of an emergency. Even if you are young with no health problems, stuff happens. Make copies of this written plan, one for yourself and one for a trusted friend or relative, and of course, one copy to the person who will take on the responsibility of your pet. This plan should list who to call for long or short term care of your pet. Even an unforeseen hospital stay could land your pet in a shelter without this plan.
Life is much easier on both animal and new owner if tests and immunizations don’t have to be needlessly repeated.
If you are planning any financial donation to help with ongoing care, please put this in writing, and do it legally.
In conclusion, let me say, this plan will bring you a great deal of peace of mind. Take just a few minutes – do it today. It will make everyone’s life a whole lot easier. Now – Go get your ducks in a row!
Bella Vista Farms Animal Sanctuary
4301 Lower Gas Point Road Cottonwood, CA 96022
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