What We Do: The RSPCA NSW Home Ever After Program

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your pets when you pass away? This is an important thing to consider, especially for elderly or socially isolated people who may not have friends or family to take care of their beloved furry friends when they pass.

The RSPCA NSW Home Ever After program is designed to accommodate for the pets of those who have passed away, to make sure that they are loved and cared for while we find them a home.

How does the Home Ever After program work?

Your pet will need to be accepted into the Home Ever After Program before the event of your passing. To be eligible for the program, they will need to be desexed, microchipped and have up-to-date veterinary records.

Once your pet has been accepted into the program, you should let your family, friends and neighbours know that you would like RSPCA NSW to take care of your pet in the event of your death.

We’ll provide you with a notification magnet for your fridge and a little card that you can keep in your wallet. Both items have all the necessary contact information for the Home Ever After program.

After you pass away, your friend, family member, lawyer or relative will need to contact RSPCA NSW to provide us with some information. We’ll then come to collect your pet and bring them safely to one of our shelters. After that, we’ll take good care of them and try our hardest to make sure they have a new loving forever family as soon as possible.

There’s no need to include a clause in your Will about the Home Ever After program. By signing a contractual agreement with RSPCA NSW, we’ll make sure that your wishes are honoured.

Making sure your pets are cared for beyond your lifetime

RSPCA NSW wants to make sure that we’re there for the animals who have nowhere else to turn when their owner sadly passes away. This is why our Home Ever After program is there to step in and make sure the pets of the deceased by new loving, safe, forever homes as soon as possible.

For more information on the Home Ever After program, please visit www.rspcansw.org.au/how-you-can-help/leave-a-gift-in-your-will/have-you-made-plans-for-your-pets/.