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Old 01-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to a workshop last night offered by the Hawaiian Humane Society on estate planning for pets. If was very informative and quite eye opening. I was just wondering if anyone else has made provisions for their dogs and if so, how did you decide who takes care of them and what is an appropriate amount to place in the trust for their care?
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I had this conversation with my sisters, and my nephew and niece. They were rather taken aback that I should need to ask - of course they would care for my animals as if they were their own. But I have heard of cases where pets have been dumped in rescue - or, worse, euthanised or put out in the street - when their owners die or are hospitalised, so it is certainly something we all need to consider. The Cinnamon Trust (The Cinnamon Trust - The National Charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets) was set up in the UK for just this reason.

If I were establishing some sort of trust fund, I think you would need to consider annual insurance, food, grooming, routine vet bills, transport, possible boarding, and what would happen to any remaining capital when the pet eventually dies.
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yes, we have provisions for the animals and the human children, in the event of our demise... We have not set up trusts for any of them, because we know, love, and trust our executor(s), and are reasonably certain that they will make the best use of whatever we leave to benefit those we leave behind. Custody and care of the people and pets are actually addressed in our wills. We have also made sure that the dogs (and children) have relationship with their home in case they lose us. Sure, we'll be missed, but it's not like they'll be shunted off to a place they have never seen before with people they don't know...

It was not a tough choice for us - we chose the people who were most able and willing to handle the responsibility, and who know us well enough to ensure a continuum of care.
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My will states my son will adopt my dogs and an allowance for their care will be paid.


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I would be very interested in how you worded it in your will so that I can amend my will to make sure my dogs are cared for.

This is exactly what happened to my Sasha, her owner was sent to a nursing home or died and the family abused her then sent her to a rescue!
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Mine is worded the same as for minor children and a trust account is set up for disbursement of funds for their care. You would need to see how your state would require it as all states are different.


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I would definitely talk to a lawyer and have a provision in your will to assure their care just like if you had children. I am amazed more people don't do this for their pets.


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