What about my Pets? Consider a Pet Care Plan or a Pet Trust
If you’re an animal lover and have a pet of your own, you likely consider your pet to be a member of your family. Since pets can provide protection, emotional support, and unconditional love, such consideration is often well deserved. In stark contrast, the law considers your pet similar to personal property. That means that without plans in place, your pet will be treated like your couch or vacuum in the event of your death or incapacity – except that your couch doesn’t bark or make other noises and need daily care. If you become incapacitated (a car accident, etc.) or die without having a plan, neighbors may call the police about an animal in distress. If none of your family or friends volunteers to take your pet in, the animal is most likely going to be taken to a shelter. What happens from there depends on the specific shelter.