My current client's mom is in Italy and after turning on the news to a large quake that killed over 240 people I felt compelled to write this so that even if you do not use Your Pawpal you are informed of what you need should the unexpected happen.
So, you're finally taking that weekend romp in Reno or maybe you want to fly to Utah to ski for the weekend.You hire a Pet Care provider, show them the food and water, leave a house key and bid them farewell and that you will see them in a week, but what happens when an foreseen emergency happens? Were you prepared? Did you have specific instruction on what to do or who to call should this happen? Prior to leaving you should always make emergency arrangements with your Pet Care provider. Think about if you want the provider to continue care, if so, for how long and decide on a price point not to go above. Is there a friend or relative that can take on the care and cost? We don't like to think that these things will happen but we are not the predictors of tomorrow and all we can do is prepare ourselves for any bumps ahead. Below are just a few key guidelines you should have in place and document with your pet care provider for an emergency situation. Just these few things can save a lot of heartache and headache post emergency when everyone is on the same page.
1. Should an emergency come into play who will keep care over the animals?
2. If it will be the Pet care provider specify an amount that you are comfortable with and after that amount has been reached in care and food,ect.. have at least 2 back up friends or relatives who can take over care.
3. Provide a reachable number and location of your visit to your provider. We don't need your hotel room number but knowing you are staying in "South Lake Tahoe" is better than "up north" should the news state a fire in South Lake Tahoe displaced hundreds and caused major delays for travelers.
4.After you have agreed upon terms, write them down and have 2 copies signed by both yourself and the Pet Care provider, each keep one and there will never be a situation of dispute later.
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and I wish you all happy travels!
Thu, April 9, 2009
by Heather Badin filed under