Holland resident Frank Martin's unexpected death on June 12 left his two Basset hounds, Harley, 4, and Davidson, 6, without a home or family.
Mr. Martin -- like many pet owners -- never made legal plans for his canine companions in the event of his death. These hounds appear to be lucky -- the list of those offering to adopt them is long.
But had no one stepped forward, the outcome could have been bleaker -- the dogs could have been split up or even faced death.
"That is why it is so important to make provisions in the will and that there is somebody who knows when you pass away that there are provisions," executive director of Toledo Area Humane Society John Dinon said while explaining the possible consequences of failing to make post-death pet care plans.
In a document titled "Providing for Your Pet's Future without You," the Humane Society of the United States recommends that pet owners delegate temporary care-giving responsibility to friends or relatives in the event of an emergency, in addition to making permanent care plans in a legal document.
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