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Lifetime Care for Your Dog - Perpetual Care Program

man and dog What would happen to your dog if something happens to you?

Take a moment to think about what would happen to your dog if something happened to you. Do you have written instructions with the name and contact info of the person that will care for your dog? Has the new guardian agreed in no uncertain terms to make your dog a part of their family if you can no longer care for him/her?

None of us likes to imagine what our life would be like without our dog, or worse, what our dog’s life would be like without us. It is important to pre-arrange for the future care of your dog in case you are no longer able to care for him due to accident, illness, or death. Once these arrangements are made, you can have peace of mind that your dog will not end up alone and frightened in an animal shelter. The best way to know that your dog will be cared for in the event of your death is to consult with your attorney to name a guardian for your dog and create a pet trust.

In the event that you do not have a friend or family member who is able to care for your dog, Peace of Mind’s Perpetual Care Program ensures that dog guardians, who create a Pet Trust for their dog, will be guaranteed a loving, warm, and safe home for their dog(s). Once your dog is in our care, he will be cared for in a foster home either for the rest of his life or until a perfect match with a new permanent guardian is found.

Listen to an NPR story about our Perpetual Care Program


Perpetual Care Program: How It Works

To enroll your beloved dog in our Perpetual Care Program, we ask that you set up a legal pet trust for the lifetime care expenses for your dog in the event of your illness, injury, or death. We also ask that you make an annual gift in any amount to POMDR to support our mission to be here for dogs left behind

Your dog's pet trust will ensure the resources are available for the lifetime care of your dog. We will need to meet your dog to determine if POMDR can accept him/her into our program. The eligibility for enrollment will be determined by our Executive Director and will depend upon the dog’s age, size, temperament, and any special medical needs.

Dogs enrolled in POMDR's Perpetual Care Program will receive the following:

  • Placement in a loving foster home at any point that you are no longer able to care for your dog.
  • A lifetime commitment from POMDR. We will ensure that your dog will be taken care of for the rest of his life as a cherished member of a new family.

By setting up a pet trust for your dog, you are guaranteed loving care for your dog when you are no longer able to provide care yourself. At the time of your dog's death, any remainder of the trust would go into POMDR's general fund to help more dogs. Your gift will carry on the legacy of your love and respect for dogs by enabling POMDR to continue to rescue dogs in need.

Please call us at (831) 718-9122 or email us for more information about our Perpetual Care Program or to speak with a staff member about enrollment.

Please speak with your attorney or visit our resources page for more information on setting up a pet trust and planning for your pet's future should you predecease him.


For more information, visit our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

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(831) 718-9122
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 51554
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Tax Info
POMDR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corp.
Tax ID: 27-1154816
Physical Address
615 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
11am - 4pm Mon - Sat, or by appointment
Adoptable dogs available by appointment only
Veterinary Clinic
1251 10th St
Monterey, CA 93940
Medical care for dogs in our program only