A New Jersey-based cat sanctuary is offering homes for cats who have experienced the loss of their owners.
The program, known as the Guardian Angel Program, ensures that cats will always have a home as well as the basic food and care they need to survive. Built around a hybrid model, cats enrolled in the program will be eligible for adoption by new owners but, in the event that a suitable owner isn’t found, the cats are guaranteed a home for the duration of their lives.
The program offers a bit of insurance for owners who may be concerned that their pets will outlive them. The enrollment fee for the program is $15,000, but ensures that a cat will be cared for in the event of the sudden death of their owner.
Tabby’s Place isn’t the only organization offering lifetime care for the pets of aging owners. With baby boomers entering their 60s and 70s, there is an increased concern among aging owners about what will become of their pets after they’re gone. Whether by choice or by necessity, many animal sanctuaries and shelters are having to deal with the issue of pets left behind following their owners’ deaths. As the problem continues to grow over the next decade, more and more “retirement homes” for cats and other animals are expected to pop up.