For the Love of Paul O’Grady: A life for dogs

9 May 2023

Mr Paul O’Grady was born on 14 June 1955 and was an English comedian.  He was also known as Lily Savage.  He was the presenter of various television shows, including his most recent show Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.  For the love of dogs was a reality documentary television series set at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.  In each episode, Paul met a couple of the dogs who were at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home because their owners couldn’t look after them anymore.  He followed each dog’s progress through the home and took their care very seriously.

Paul O’Grady knew all about the rewarding relationship a person can have with a ‘man’s best friend’ especially a pet that has been adopted.  It is understood that Paul was the owner of five adopted dogs when he passed away.  They were called Nancy, Arfur, Conchita, Eddie, and Sausage.  Nancy and Sausage were both rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home during filming for his final show.

Paul sadly passed away on 28 March 2023 leaving a massive void in lots of animals’ lives.  It has been confirmed that Paul died from a sudden cardiac arrhythmia.  The British Heart Foundation describes Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome or SADS where a person dies suddenly following a cardiac arrest and no obvious cause can be found.

Why is it important to put provisions in place to provide for your pets?

It is estimated that 17 million households in the UK have at least one pet.  It is important to consider who will take care of your pets if you lose the capacity to do so, or if you die.

Although it is difficult to think about what may happen to your pets if you were not around to care for them; there are positive steps that you can take to ensure that in your absence, your pets will be taken care of exactly how you wanted.  For owners living alone, it’s essential to make arrangements for your pets in case you can no longer look after them.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to transfer authority to a trusted individual who will continue to act in the way you have decided.  You may require someone to provide food or exercise your pet whilst they stay in your home with you.  You may decide for your pet to live with your trusted individual and request that they bring your pet to visit you regularly.

It is also important to decide where your pet will live.  This detail can be specified within your will to ensure your wishes are fulfilled after death.

How can we help you?

When it comes to keeping our pets healthy, safe and happy we all need some support sometimes.  We understand that you will want the best for your pet.  Our experienced team can take you through the key things every pet owner needs to know when it comes to protecting the future of your furry friends.

If you would like help or guidance preparing your Lasting Power of Attorney, or if you have any other queries about LPAs, please contact our team of experts at Redkite Solicitors. We are here to help and support you through every step of the process.

This article was written by Redkite Solicitors’ Senior Legal Advisor, Carina Thomas. To find out more about Carina and the support that she can provide to you, visit her profile visit her website profile here.

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