Home Ever After

Pets provide such wonderful companionship in later years. For animal owners, knowing that their companions will be cared for after they die is a key concern.  Home Ever After is a free service, that will give you peace of mind that your pet will be cared for after you pass away.


WHAT IS THE HOME EVER AFTER PROGRAMME?

Home Ever After is a free service that will safeguard your pet’s future.  To find out about the programme, simply call our Home Ever After Coordinator on 389 8044 ex 873 to organise a meeting. At this meeting, we will explain the service and assess your pet’s suitability for the programme. We can only take dogs and cats that have been desexed, microchipped and have up-to-date veterinary records. 

When you pass away, your lawyer, friend or relative contacts us. We then arrive as soon as possible to collect your pet and take him or her back to our centre. From there, we do everything in our power to find your pet a loving, forever home as quickly as possible. When we do find the perfect family, we let them know that their adoption is free of charge and made possible by you.
 

DOES IT COST ANYTHING?

The service is free. If you’re thinking of using the Home Ever After programme, perhaps you might also consider leaving a gift in your Will to Wellington SPCA.  Wellington SPCA relies on public support, with almost half of our income coming from people kind enough to remember animals in their Wills. We can provide the appropriate wording to acknowledge this gift in your Will.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?

Once your pet has been accepted into our Home Ever After programme, you should let your friends, family or neighbours know that you want Wellington SPCA to take in your pet in the event of your death. As well as a notification magnet that you can keep on your fridge, we also provide a wallet card, which you can keep with you at all times. These items have all the necessary contact information for the programme.
 

CAN YOU REHOME MY PETS TOGETHER?

If you have more than one pet, and want them to be rehomed together, you should mention this in your interview. Although we cannot guarantee this will be possible, we will do everything we can to honour your wish. In every event, we will do what we feel is best for your pets. If trying to find a new owner who can take in more than one animal involves your pets spending longer than necessary in a centre, we would need to review the situation.
 

HOW LONG WILL MY ANIMALS BE WITH WELLINGTON SPCA?

We understand that a centre can be a stressful place for animals who are familiar with the finer comforts of a loving home. We will therefore make every effort to find your pet a new home as quickly as possible.

We operate a no time limit policy for all the animals we have available for adoption, which means that we will care for them until we find them the very best home. Rest assured, we will do all we can to find your pet a wonderful forever home.
 

ARE POTENTIAL OWNERS ASSESSED BEFORE THEY ADOPT?

When someone wishes to adopt from Wellington SPCA, our Animal Care team take the time to match them to the right pet for their family. We talk with each potential owner to understand their lifestyle and needs before helping them select the right pet for them and the right home for every animal.

 


WHY DO YOU ONLY TAKE CATS AND DOGS?

Cats and dogs are the focus of the Home Ever After programme as we have the best capacity to care for them until they are rehomed.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss registering another pet other than a cat or dog in the programme.
 

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FAMILY DECIDES TO TAKE MY PET?

The Home Ever After programme should be used in the event that you have not made alternative provisions for your pet’s care, so if a family member or friend has offered to look after your pet, that’s wonderful. We may sometimes recommend this option if we feel that your pet would not benefit from the programme.
 

WHY IS THERE NO CLAUSE IN MY WILL ABOUT THE PROGRAMME?

There is no need to include a clause in your Will about the Home Ever After programme making provisions for your pet. By signing a contractual agreement with Wellington SPCA it will be honoured. As stated, this service is free of charge. We only ask that you consider leaving a gift in your Will as a gesture of goodwill for caring for your pet and to assist us to continue our ongoing work.
 

IF MY PET NEEDS MEDICAL TREATMENT WILL IT BE COVERED?

Whilst in our care, your pet’s medical treatment will be covered. Once adopted, this will be the responsibility of the person who adopts your pet. The new owner will receive your pet’s complete medical history and we will follow up after the adoption to ensure your pet is happy and healthy.

Please see our Home Ever After brochure for more information.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Call Amber Proudfoot, our Home Ever After Coordinator on 04 389 8044 ext 873 or email hea@wellingtonspca.org.nz

Home Ever After programme has been made possible through the generosity of RSPCA NSW and the Margaret Doucas Estate.

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