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Forever Home
Pet Trust

What Will Happen to Your Pet if Something Happens to You?

Advanced Planning for Your Pet

Providing a permanent location for pets was an idea born of necessity. It is estimated that 500,000 pets end up in shelters or are euthanized every year because there was no plan in place for their care after something happened to their human companion. Many people believe that family or friends will take their pet in these situations, but that is often not the case. Planning in advance gives human companions peace of mind, knowing that their pet will be cared for in a permanent location. Forever Home can also be used as a backup plan in case the caregiver you designate is unable to care for your pet at the time care is needed. .

Why is Forever Home Needed?

Providing a permanent location for pets was an idea born of necessity. It is estimated that 500,000 pets end up in shelters or are euthanized every year because there was no plan in place for their care after something happened to their human companion. Many people believe that family or friends will take their pet in these situations, but that is often not the case. Planning in advance gives human companions’ peace of mind, knowing that their pet will be cared for in a permanent location.

How Does it Work?

If you would like your pet to live out their lives at Forever Home, the first step is designating us as the location for future care along with funding. There are a variety of funding options. Funding can either be pre-paid or pre-planned in one of the following ways where funds are not given to Forever Home until the pet is taken into our care:

  • As a beneficiary In Your Will
  • As part of a Pet Trust
  • As a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan
  • As a beneficiary of your Life Insurance Policy
  • As a beneficiary of a POD (Pay on Death) or TOD (Transfer on Death) Account with your bank or brokerage firm.  You can pay into this account over time to accumulate the money needed.

We can help walk you through the process and review different funding options.

The pets that are taken into our Forever Home Pet Trust Program are cared for on a separate property next to the shelter property and their human companion has the option for the pet to reside there permanently or be adopted by another family. If re-homing is your choice, the pet will reside with us in a home-like environment until an appropriate adopter is found. Staff will reside on the property to assure that your pet has 24-hour companions and care, just like in your own home. We are currently in the planning stages of the building on the new property, and we estimate that they will be completed in the Spring of 2024. In the meantime, we will have transitional housing for any pets that have an immediate need.

If you would like to receive our Pet Placement Plan, please email fhpt@leesburghumanesociety.org to request a copy.  This document can be used to make your plan, even if you do not choose Forever Home as the plan for your pet. 

How Your Donations Will Help

All donations to Forever Home Pet Trust will be held in a “scholarship fund” that will help us provide care to any pet that is in great need and has already been placed in a shelter due to the loss of their human companion. In addition, we will use these funds to help those who may not have the resources to put money aside for lifetime care of their pet.
Please note on your PayPal donation that the donation is for Forever Home Pet Trust:
Leesburg Humane Society
41250 Emerald Island Road
Leesburg, FL 34788
Please make checks payable to Leesburg Humane Society 
and note that the donation is for Forever Home Pet Trust.

Contact Us For More Information

contact us

Heidi Gaumet

Program Manager – Volunteers, Outreach & Events, Forever Home Pet Trust

FHPT@leesburghumanesociety.org

352-669-3348

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