|Several years ago, Hopalong
took in two very shy cats from a woman who was terminally
ill and whose cats were the center of her life.
Executive Director Sarah Cohen said, “Because
we go out and meet each of our PSP families and
get to know their animals, I knew where her cats
would be hiding. I went back for five days until
I was able to catch them. They went directly into
a foster home that specialized in working with shy
cats and were re-homed after months of socialization.
If we say we will help, then we do.”
Planning ahead is the best insurance.
It’s an all-too familiar scenario: cages of despondent
animals in shelters with the words “owner died”
or “owner in nursing home” on their name cards.
Most of these animals are senior pets who have little chance
of being adopted because they are competing for space with
much younger animals for adoption and there’s limited
Many animals end up in shelters and are needlessly euthanized
because their owners didn’t plan for their care after
they are unable to provide it. Established by Hopalong in
2001, the Pet Survivor Program, (PSP), formerly known as (HARPS),
is a formal arrangement between Hopalong/Second Chance Rescue
and pet owners. The plan becomes effective when a pet’s
owner passes away or becomes incapacitated. In such an event,
we will step in based on their planned bequest, and make sure
that their furry family members are cared for and placed in
loving homes. We then become your pet's guardian and advocate.
Our pets depend on us for food, shelter and companionship.
If you're not there, who will provide it?
The goals of the PSP program are two-fold: to ensure that
your beloved pet never ends up in a shelter, and to give peace
of mind to participants at a time when they are coping with
difficult life decisions. We are able to help what are often
senior or special-needs animals using the resources provided
by PSP participants, coupled with the great network of foster
homes and adopters who recognize the wonderful attributes
of senior animals.
With the Pet Survivor Program, you can have peace of mind
now knowing that we will be your pet’s guardian later.
If you are interested in participating in the PSP program
or have general estate planning questions, please contact
Sarah Cohen, Executive Director at 510-267-1915, ext 522,
or Paula Vlamings, Development Director at (415) 297-9803.
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