“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Unfortunately, when it comes to the passing of time, we rarely get our 'druthers and most of us are never quite prepared for the inevitable. Having a plan in place can ease our own sorrow and the burdens of our family and friends in times that test us most.

The SPCA Albrecht Center and Lap of Love of the CSRA are partnering for a two-part seminar in preparing for the future. The one-hour seminar will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at the SPCA Albrecht Center, 199 Willow Run Road. The event is free to the public; however, reservations are required due to limited seating.

The first portion of the seminar entitled “Enjoying the Sunset: Making the Most of Time Before and After the Diagnosis” will be presented by Drs. Sunday Cozzi and Nancy Rodriguez of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice.

The two veterinarians will offer their experience and expertise as part of a network of veterinarians that seek to empower pet owners to care for geriatric or ailing pets.

The Lap of Love philosophy “centers around the human-animal bond and the need for that bond to be as undisturbed as possible during the most difficult times.”

The seminar is highly recommended for anyone who has a pet. From newborns to geriatrics, a pet's life can be so unpredictable and their illnesses so sudden, that we all should be better prepared for what may come.

Likewise, we should be prepared in the event that our pets outlive us (especially if ours is a pet with a very long life expectancy, like certain birds and tortoises).

Did you know that without a plan, your pet is considered property and will go with the rest of your belongings to your beneficiary?

This person may be very pleased that you thought of them when passing on your condo in the mountains, but bewildered at best when they have to pack up the Pekingese to go with them as they head north.

Often “inheriting” a pet can be of great comfort, but it can sometimes be a shock for which the new pet owner is unprepared, which can leave the pet at risk for surrender to a shelter or even euthanasia.

As always, it's best to have a plan (and even a Plan B) in place, thus the second part of our seminar, “Let Love Live On: A Guide to Legacy Planning.” This portion of the seminar will be presented by SPCA Albrecht Center President and CEO Barbara Nelson.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served following the presentation and guests are encouraged to stick around, share their experiences, and ask questions. Please reserve your spot by calling 803-648-6863.

In addition to the seminar, Cathy Torres from Thirty-One will be joining us beforehand from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the SPCA with fabulously stylish organizational products for purchase.

Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the SPCA Albrecht Center and the animals we serve.

For information about these and other events, spay and neuter services, adoptions, or vaccinations, call the SPCA Albrecht Center at 803-648-6863, visit us virtually at www.LetLoveLive.org, or stop by and see us at 199 Willow Run Road.

A graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, Chrissey Miller has a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Miller began work at the SPCA in January 2010 as volunteer coordinator. She is thrilled to be able to mesh her creative passion and sales experience together as development director, in charge of programming, fundraising, events and grant-writing. Miller and her husband David live in Aiken with their children, Blair and Gracey; their adopted tri-pawed dog, Zipper and adopted Dogue de Bordeaux/Lab mix, Django.