Lifetime Care Program


Most of us expect to outlive our animal companions but what if, due to medical incapacity or death, we are no longer able to care for them?

Our pets have given us so much. Preparing for their safety and security in the event of our absence is a final and significant act of lifelong friendship. The best choice is to place your animal with a family member or friend they are already familiar with. If this isn't possible, PAWS is happy to help you plan for their welfare.

We will see that your companion is placed in care while we find the best and most appropriate new home. In return, we ask that you arrange for a meaningful financial gift toward the care of animals who are helped by PAWS. Funds will first be used to care for your dog or cat, and then to care for others in need.

Next steps

Our Lifetime Care Program is available for cats and dogs who reside in Washington State. The program requires enrollment, so please do contact us at your earliest convenience if you are considering this as part of your planning. We can assist with proper documentation to ensure your wishes are met for your beloved companion.  

For more information on our Lifetime Care Program, or to let us know you have already included PAWS in your estate plans, please contact Valerie Leonard at 425.412.4038 or vleonard@paws.org. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential, and imply no obligation to make a gift.

PAWS is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our tax ID number is 91-6073154.

Read more about naming PAWS in your will and other planned giving options.

Nothing on this website should be construed as legal advice. Please contact your attorney or financial advisor to determine what is best for your personal situation.