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'I'd be heartbroken to leave them all alone': Free service will take care of your dogs if you die

The dog charity is trying to highlight this service to encourage more people to sign up.

fvdogstrust21 Máirín DeBurca at home with her dogs Kimmie and Tico. Source: Fran Veale

THE DOGS TRUST charity is seeking to highlight a free service it offers which promises to take care of a person’s dog if they pass away and have not made arrangements for someone to take their pets.

Máirín DeBurca has been signed up for the service for the last four years, after she got her dog Tico from the charity.

The woman said she would be “heartbroken” to imagine Tico and her other dog Kimmie left all alone if she was to die suddenly.

For her, these two cheeky little dogs are “something to get out of bed for”.

“Of course you have to walk them every day and I can’t enumerate the number of people I meet because of the dogs,” she told TheJournal.ie.

Source: Fran Veale

“They’re both individuals; I don’t have any children but I imagine that’s exactly what it’s like and I wouldn’t be without them.”

When you get to my age, you start to worry a little about your pets.  I’m in my 70s so things are going to happen. You can make arrangements with a friend but you don’t know what their situation will be if you have a sudden stroke or heart attack so it’s wonderful to know that Dogs Trust will be there and will find a good home for them.

The woman said it is great that it is a free service but the piece of mind it offers her “is worth anything”. 

Source: Fran Veale

Kathrina Bentley, Head of Marketing at the charity said it is seeing huge increase in the number of responsible dog owners asking what would happen to their dog if they were to die suddenly.

“It is fantastic to see people getting their affairs in order and giving real thought to their pet’s future. Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog down, and we work extremely hard to match every dog with responsible, loving owners, no matter how long this may take”.

The Canine Care Card is a simple registration process and once registered, people are issued with a special card that they can carry with them; as they would a donor card. For more information see the Dogs Trust website.

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