how many requests i get to be someone's final animal guardian if their human happens to die?
it has started to get scary when i add up the ones i have said yes to..especially the ones with multiple pets. and i am pretty sure i could fill up a whole new shelter with just those one day when X may be dead..we will need a whole new shelter just for orphaned pets.
and here is the really scary thing...folks don't even need my permission...anyone can leave anything to anyone in their will....so there might be a whole other crap load of possibles that i don't even know about.
AND here is the other thing...my plans have changed..i plan tp be dead before everyone else!
the last time i looked into it, which was like 8 years ago...in order to leave someones furry family members to best friends animal sanctuary for guardianship in their will..you also had to leave about $40,000.00 per pet.
$40,000.00ÉÉÉÉ (shit! lost the god damn question mark again!...use your imaginations... ÉÉÉÉ is now the end of a question!)
anyway..isn`t that freaking well nutzÉÉÉÉÉ
not really. not when you consider what it actually costs to care for the rest of a life cuz you have to have somewhere to put them...you have to have someone to care for them.... you have to be able to feed and vet them......it is not just food and vet bills for like a thousand bucks a year. it is chipping in to keep the whole shibang running...housing which has to be built to house these orphaned pets...staff to care for these now orphaned pets...utilities to heat and light the world of these now orphaned pets...taxes, liability insurences....the list is endless.
what if the animal is like 7 yr benny who i just adopted..he could potentially live for another 10 years ( al is 17 so why can`t benny one day be 17 tooÉÉÉ)...any way... 150 pound middle aged dog who just totally blew out his knee and the other knee is not far behind..if i send him to Canwest for the Sx..i am looking at a grand total of about $10,000.00...paid out in one shot.
so lets say it costs about $2500.00 a year with basic vet,food, staffing, housing et el per year...and benny lives 10 years..that`s $25,000.00 plus the 10 grand for his specialized Sx so right there this wonderful dog will (not could...but will) cost someone 35 grand over the years. so their 40 grand orphaned fee is not far off the mark...could potentially be more...could potentially be less...
but bottom lineÉ... they don`t know and they can`t even guess with the amount of final guardianship requests they get (which i bet are into the thousands each year!)...if they take on everyone in the worlds animals they have to be able to afford to not only care for them all but they probably have to periodically build them more areas to live in too.
if all of the caregivers i have agreed to be animal guardians for..suddenly all die together...i am up shit creek without a paddle cuz i don`t have anywhere to put them all. and i don`t have a few hundred grand to build a new building, hire more staff, heat it and light it and stock it with food.
i am scraping this week, just to buy cool calories for the barn and another couple of bags of dairy food.
and trust me..the 1 or 2 or 5 grand that comes with the animal in the will is not going to build them a nice, well stocked, well staffed place to live and pay all of their expenses for the next 10 years or however long they actually live.
so...am i now going to insist that each animal comes with a $40,000.00 nest eggÉÉÉ no i am not, because i simply cannot attach a price tag to helping an orphaned animal.
but what i am going to do is to tell folks to scrape up their nickles and dimes, let family members know there will be no money to them in the will and leave their animals and the 40 grand that they scrape together to best friends who will be around in 10 or 20 years, and will care for their animal well.