Today’s guest, Debra Hamilton, is a fellow attorney, pet advocate and pet lover. She is passionate about helping people resolve conflict where pets are involved. She helps forge new frontiers to help pet owners, pet service providers and other passionate about animals who find themselves embroiled in conflict, live and serve more peacefully with animals. She is the author of Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals.
Debra also hosts a podcast, Why Do Pets Matter? She is an amazing educator providing pet parents with the information they need to know when it comes to planning for their pets. She has developed the MAAP Pet Care Planning Blueprint so pet parents can navigate the journey your pet takes when you can no longer care for her pet. Module 1 of MAAP is to Make a plan for your pet’s care. Module 2 is Appointing a caregiver for your pets. Module 3 is Addressing the needs of your pets. Module 4 is Publishing your MAAP Plan. Debra emphasizes the need for redundancy in planning for our pets. You cannot assume that the one person you may trust is going to be available, able or willing to care for your pet when crisis meets reality. Your pet is not protected without a plan. You can learn more by attending one of her weekly MAAP Pet Care Community Calls. Go to her website to register!
Debra also shared with us the 7 D’s – Divorce, Delay, Disability, Death, Disease, Disaster and Dementia. Each one of these can make our pets vulnerable. No one expects to get divorced and yet are pet’s, like our children, can become the victims of divorce. No one expects to be delayed, yet hundreds of people were unable to return to their homes after 9/11 and pets were stranded for weeks without care. No one expects to become disabled, yet not one of us is immune from an accident that may prevent us from providing care. No one expects to die, and yet, everyone will. It may not be today, but it will be some day and only you can plan properly for your pet’s lifetime love and care. No one expects a disaster even though daily we hear about fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that leave pets without a plan. No one anticipates losing their memory to dementia, yet every minute we are aging. The World Health Organization reports that worldwide more than 50 million people have dementia with 10 million new cases each year. Bad things happen to good people. Don’t let your pet become a victim.
You can attend one of Debra’s many workshops, listen to her podcast, sign up for her blog or read her book. She is insightful, motivating and tells it like it really is.