Everlasting Love Program
he Everlasting Love Program offers peace of mind to those concerned they may pass away and/or no longer be able to care for their beloved cat.
You have the option of specifying if you want us to find a new home for your companion or if you prefer a permanent care program. If you want us to re-home your cat, we will do our best to find a person/family companion of your cats choosing. This may take weeks, months or even a couple years. However, regardless of the time involved, we will ensure your cat finds the perfect home and receives the quality care of a permanent care kitty while living with Heartland Cats.
Permanent care is offered to those individuals wanting to provide sanctuary care for the rest of the cat’s life. This service includes:
- Accepting the role of legal guardian for your cat as soon as we receive word of your death or incapacitation.
- High quality food, annual or bi-annual (depending on age) wellness checks, necessary emergency care, needed physical rehabilitation in the senior years, companionship and a loving environment.
- Visits with you at home, hospice, or in a nursing facility as appropriate
Should you choose to enroll in our program, we will have you complete a profile form that describes your cat’s likes and dislikes, habits, routines, medical history, name of the vet clinic that has the cat’s records, and anything else you would like for us to know about your companion. You should then, with an attorney, consider setting up a pet trust or stipulate your wishes in your will. We recommend you provide the funds to care for your cat for the rest of its life.
You should plan for your cat living to 19 years of age with an estimated annual cost of $800 - $1,000. Older cats often require medications, prescription foods and more frequent veterinary visits. By setting up a pet trust, you have the option of determining payments on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis and any funds you have set aside that are not used will be dispersed, after the death of your companion, as you have designated.
Heartland Cats will accept your cat regardless of his or her physical condition. It is harder to place older and ailing animals in permanent homes and should this be your request and we are unable to find a home for your cat, your cat will live out its life in the care our facility.
There is no fee or cost to you during your lifetime, but a donation at the time of setting up your trust or leaving a donation to Heartland Cats in your estate planning will support our caring for cats left behind.
A gift made by will or living trust can be simple to arrange. A provision or amendment prepared by your attorney at the time you make or update your will or trust is all that is necessary. This is easy to arrange and can be changed any time you choose. A bequest may be in the form of cash, real estate, a percentage of your estate, life insurance policies, or annuities. Talk with your attorney to determine the best option for you and your cat.
Heartland Cats will provide you with an emergency wallet card to carry with you and an emergency contact form to post in your home. This information will alert others to be aware of the pets in your home and who should be contacted to take care of them in case of an emergency. However, you should make your wishes known to family, friends, and your lawyer to insure your cat is cared for as soon as possible.
Nebraska’s Pet Trust Law
This statute represents Nebraska’s pet trust law. The law adopts the language of Section 408 of the Uniform Trust Act and states that a trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor’s lifetime. The trust terminates upon the death of the animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor’s lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.
Statute in Full:
(UTC 408) (a) A trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor's lifetime. The trust terminates upon the death of the animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor's lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.
(b) A trust authorized by this section may be enforced by a person appointed in the terms of the trust or, if no person is so appointed, by a person appointed by the court. A person having an interest in the welfare of the animal may request the court to appoint a person to enforce the trust or to remove a person appointed.
(c) Property of a trust authorized by this section may be applied only to its intended use, except to the extent the court determines that the value of the trust property exceeds the amount required for the intended use. Except as otherwise provided in the terms of the trust, property not required for the intended use must be distributed to the settlor, if then living, otherwise to the settlor's successors in interest.