Carer’s kind act gives Mickey a second chance
HAVE you ever thought about what would happen to your beloved pet if you were too sick to look after them?
Mickey’s world turned upside down when his owner was suddenly hospitalised a few months ago.
A small Maltese cross, Mickey had lived happily with his owner in a unit for seven years. The pair would regularly go out for breakfast together and go on walks to deliver pamphlets in their local area.
Neighbours became concerned when they heard Mickey barking and had not seen his owner out and about as usual. Police were alerted, and the elderly owner was found collapsed in his unit.
Mickey fled the scene, no doubt bewildered and confused by the turn of events. He was picked up by council rangers and ultimately found a temporary home with Breanna, through an animal foster care program.
Sadly, Mickey’s owner passed away in hospital. Over the weeks Mickey was in foster care, Breanna’s grandparents developed a real soft spot for him.
When they heard Mickey had no home to return to, they immediately offered to adopt him, and his future was safe.
Making provision for pets in the event we can no longer care for them ourselves is common sense.
Where family, friends or neighbours aren’t around to help, it’s worth checking out animal foster care programs.
Some groups offer temporary care or permanent rehoming services and will gather details on your pets’ needs, temperament, likes and dislikes to help make the transition to a new home as smooth as possible.
Safeguarding your pet’s future is often not contingent on making a bequest or donation to the service provider, although support for such programs seems a small price to pay for peace of mind.
NEW HOME: Pet foster carer Breanna, with her grandmother, holding Mickey