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What would happen if a guardian is no longer here to take care of their companion animals? Have plans been made for a guardian's furry family members? Many people do not have a friend or relative to appoint as guardian for their pet. They worry about what will happen when they pass away. With ARF’s Guardian Program, people can have peace of mind that their beloved companion animals will be well cared for when the need arises.

When a guardian passes away, dogs and cats enrolled in the Guardian Program will be taken in to the ARF Adoption Program. They receive excellent care as staff works to place them in the best possible home.

This is a service for people who specify in their Will or trust documents that their pet companions are to be entrusted to ARF at the time of their death, and who make annual donations to ARF (of any amount). The program is available for dogs and cats, with a limit of two (2) pets per person.

ARF is an animal welfare organization supported solely by the generosity of its contributors. Annual tax deductible gifts to the Guardian Program help ARF provide orphaned cats and dogs with loving accommodations until a permanent home can be found.

For more information about the Guardian Program:
Lynn Takahashi

Creating a Legacy of Love
In addition, a bequest made to ARF creates a lasting memorial to furry family members and may also reduce estate taxes. For additional information, click here to learn about making a lasting difference for the animals.

Enroll Pets in the ARF Guardian Program, it’s easy!

Step 1: Specify in Will or trust documents that the guardian's pet is to be entrusted to ARF at the time of death: "At the time of my death, I give my pet(s) to the Guardian Program for placement in a loving home."

Step 2: Designate a friend, relative or the estate executor to act as interim caretaker and to bring the companion animal to ARF’s caring staff.

Step 3: Complete the Guardian Program Pet Biography, providing information about the pet's food preferences, likes and dislikes, habits and special needs.

Step 4: Send a copy of the completed Pet Biography form to ARF and keep a copy with the guardian's Will. ARF recommends updating the form every six months.

Step 5: Make annual donations to ARF. Any gift, large or small, will be used to save animals’ lives.



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