Planning for the Care of Your Pets at Your Death - California Revises Its Pet Trust Statute

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Pets are often treated as members of our family. They are wholly dependent on us for their care, but when a pet owner dies, he or she may have neglected to provide for this important family member. All too often, orphaned pets are sent to animal shelters or even abandoned when an owner dies, simply because the relatives have no instructions on their care or placement. There are several options when planning for the care and disposition of pets, including the lifetime enrollment of the pets in shelter placement programs, an outright bequest of the animal to a friend or relative or placement of the pet at an animal sanctuary.

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