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Home for Life is the RSPCA's free service, giving pet owners peace of mind. It means we will do all we can to find a new, loving home for your pet if you should pass away.

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But you will need to ask your solicitor to update your Will to pass care of your animals to the RSPCA.

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Register online and we'll send you a free information pack with all the details.

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The reassurance that you have made plans for your loving pet to be cared for after you're gone.

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What is Home for Life?

Home for Life is the RSPCA’s free service, giving pet owners peace of mind. It means we’ll do all we can to find a new, loving home for your pet if you should pass away.

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Q. What happens when I die – how does the RSPCA find out?

A. Once you sign up to our Home for Life service you should let your friends, family or neighbours know that you want the RSPCA to take in your animals in the event of your death. As well as providing you with a notification card, which can be kept at home, we also provide a wallet card, which can be kept with you at all times. These items have all the necessary contact details.

Q. What happens when I die – what is the procedure?

A. The RSPCA’s Home for Life scheme enables members of the public to make provisions for their animals after their death and the Society then endeavours to find these animals a suitable new home. Once we are informed of the death of someone who has registered with our scheme, this office arranges for the animal/s to come into our care. The RSPCA then endeavours to find suitable homes for the animal/s and an RSPCA Official will visit any proposed new owner to ensure that they are suitable. If the new home proves suitable, the animal/s will be adopted by the new owners.

Q. Can you rehome my animals together?

A. If you want your animals to be re-homed together, you should mention this in your Will. Although we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, we will do everything we can to honour your wishes. In every event, we will do what we feel is best for your pets. If trying to find a new owner for more than one animal together involved them spending longer than necessary in an Animal Centre, we would need to review the situation.

Q. Do you vet new owners?

A. It is RSPCA policy that, before anyone can adopt an animal from the RSPCA, we interview them. This way, there are no impulsive decisions and the RSPCA can check the animal is going to the right home. In addition, a home visit may be required, and this is often followed up with a post-adoption check.

Q. Are there any animals you won’t take (i.e. not just cats and dogs)?

A. The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in the UK, and has facilities to take on most pet breeds. Although spaces for larger animals such as horses may be limited, we do have some facilities for them. The only types of pet animal the RSPCA may have difficulty rehoming are fish or exotic animals.

Q. What happens if my family offer to take the pet?

A. The RSPCA’s Home for Life service is to be used in the event that you have not made alternative provisions for your animal’s care, so if a family member or friend has offered to look after your animal that’s fine.

Q. I have included this in my Will but not used your wording. Is that okay?

A. As long as your wishes are clearly stated in your Will and you have included our charity name and registered charity number this should not be a problem, but always check with your solicitor.