Mama Fluffy is twenty years old now. She was rescued off the streets of Highlands along with her litter of four tiny kittens fifteen years ago by a gentleman named Steven Farlow. Steven was a librarian and worked at several libraries throughout Western North Carolina, ending up in Morganton during his last years. It was there that he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In addition to Mama and her family, he had rescued several other kitties. When Steven learned that he had very little time left, there would be eight cats in need of a home upon his death. Being the kitty hero that he was, he took it upon himself to make arrangements for his furry family. He had learned about the Forever Farm from a friend in Morganton who had made similar arrangements with Friends for Life.
Steven and I talked several times about his situation and came to an agreement that Mama, her offspring, and all his other remaining cats would come to the Forever Farm, and that special housing would be arranged so his cats could live out their lives together. His lawyer drew up a contract as part of his will that stated that Friends for Life would receive a designated amount from the estate for each cat taken into our care. Sadly, this past February Steven passed away. We drove the Friends for Life van to Morganton and gathered up Mama and her clan, and brought them back to the facility that had been prepared for them. Thanks for Steven’s forethought his kitty family will be cared for the rest of their lives.
Have you included your pets in your estate planning? Don’t leave your four legged family members in limbo if you pass away or become incapacitated. Talk to your lawyer about a Pet
Trust, or Pet Protection Agreement.
Friends for Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the Forever Farm, a lifelong sanctuary and the Joseph E. Pickelsimer Center for animal palliative care and hospice.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation online at our website: friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org or mail to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774. For questions or to plan a visit to our facilities, call 828-508-2460.