Submitted by Steve on 16:06, 5th May, 2020 | 0

There are those that worry what would happen to our pets if something happened and we were rushed into hospital leaving our pets in our home.

At the GSPCA we have been highlighting this especially since the Covid-19 pandemic began as it is extremely important that our pets are safe and have the care they require even when something happens to the owner.

The ‘In An Emergency There Are Pets Inside’ poster has been created to help put owners minds at rest and ensure that no pets are left at home if something was to happen to them.

Created by The Canine & Feline Sector Group which includes the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes which we are a member of this poster could really help save an animals life if an owner fell ill or something was to happen to them.

As well as this have you though what would happen to your pet(s) if the worst happened. You may have spoken to friends or family already in case of your death, but it is always important to be prepared for the sake of your pets and it is written into your Will.

If you are an animal owner and you there isn't someone that could help you may like to include the following wording in your Will or Codicil ‘It is also my wish that GSPCA care for or rehome any animals I own at the time of my death.’

This wording and using the poster could help ensure your pet is taken into care as quickly as possible and not left or uncared for.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager and ADCH Trustee said “It is a very difficult subject and at the GSPCA we often highlight the importance that all pet owners ensure they have someone or a plan in place if something was to happen to them.”

“We have had encouraging news in relation to the situation with Covid-19 in Guernsey today, but if we own pets or animals we must ensure that our pets will be cared for in any circumstance or something happening to us.”

“The ‘In An Emergency There Are Pets Inside’ poster has been created to ensure that your pet or pets can quickly be cared for if there was something to happen to the owner.”

“There is a section to display in a window to let those with concerns for animals that there are pets inside if there is an emergency and then a section for details you can attach to the fridge with all the details which will help them find the care they need.”

“Although a very sombre thought it is also extremely important to ensure this information is in your Will or by putting in a Codicil.”

“If you need us to help in these circumstances we have a leaflet with advice and wording you could use such as ‘It is also my wish that GSPCA care for or rehome any animals I own at the time of my death.’ or please do get in touch by calling 01481 257261 or email”

“One of the tortoise at the GSPCA came into our care a few years ago for just this reason and she is over 80 years of age and we do have others.”

“Please stay safe, follow the States of Guernsey advice and we hope this poster helps those owners concerned about what would happen to their pets if they were to be rushed to hospital or worse.”

To find out more about Gifts in Wills and the wording to ensure your pet is cared for please visit -

Visit for further information on the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes which is made up of 150 charities across the UK, Ireland, isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

The Canine & Feline Sector Group is a membership body which unifies the sector and is therefore able to improve efficiency through sharing information and resources with its members. The Group responds collectively to Government consultations and provides expert advice to policy makers on all issues relating to dogs and cats whilst ensuring the members are kept updated on developments and any changes affecting their work. By developing a united group from across different disciplines in animal welfare, key areas are targeted by the members developing a strong focus and recognisable expertise within one body. Whilst CFSG is a membership group, it is open to engagement with other organisations and individuals. CFSG is best placed to give advice on the welfare and health of dogs and cats but it also seeks to ensure there is a full understanding of the role of dogs and cats in society and the benefits they bring. To find out more and see the poster and other useful resources online please visit -

In line with States of Guernsey advice please DO NOT visit the GSPCA if you are over 65, have an underlying health condition or have any symptoms of Coronavirus and only visit us if your visit is essential but before doing so please call us on 01481 257261 or email before your trip to the GSPCA to see if we can help without you coming to the Shelter. For the latest information and advice please visit

With huge challenges on our resources and a drop in income from boarding and donations please help us help animals in Guernsey with our #GSPCACoronavirusCrisisAppeal by donating online via -

During these difficult times help us help animals in need. From donating to Sponsoring a Pen, Buying a Brick for the much needed Wildlife Hospital to our Amazon and main page Wish List, holding a mufti day to a sponsored Christmas dip, here are some of the ways you could help give animals joy.

For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

To see a list of our volunteer induction evenings which we hold each month and for more information please visit or call 257261

To find out more on trips, talks and our education work please email or call 01481 257261



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