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How Can I Make Provision For My Pet In The Event Of My Death?

Usually, we would not presume that our pets would outlive us as their lifespan is generally shorter. Here is a guide:

  • Dogs and cats - up to 18 years
  • Rabbits - 5 to 10 years
  • Hamsters - 2 years
  • Gerbils - 2 to 4 years
  • Mice - 2 years
  • Guinea Pigs - 4 to 8 years
  • Red-eared Sliders (commonly known as Terrapins) - over 20 years (releasing terrapins into ponds/reservoirs is considered pet abandonment and is illegal in Singapore)
  • birds (e.g. parrots) can live up to 50 years

However, there could be instances where your pet might outlive you. The SPCA would advise you to make a will, so that your pet's welfare can be taken care of in the event of your death. It is also advisable to make provision for your pet by appointing someone (family member/relative or friend) to take charge, in the best interest of your pet. As it could involve having to possibly relocate your pet (if no direct family member is keeping the animal), you should discuss this with your family/close friends so that your pet does not end up without a home.

You would also need to discuss with your family and veterinarian on what to do if there are no interested parties who wish to adopt your pet. Placing an animal in a boarding kennel could be very stressful and it may have trouble coping with the changes after spending a comfortable life in your home.

To read up more on how to ensure that the future of your pet is taken care of on your demise, please visit this link.