among several caretakers prearranged and named by the pet owner in his/her Will. An example of this type of Will provision appears in Sample Will Provision II.
Providing Funds for Pet Care
Under the laws of all 50 states, a pet owner cannot leave any part of his or her estate outright to an animal. However, the owner may leave a sum of money to the person designated to care for the pet, along with a request (not a direction) that the money be used for the pet's care. It is important for the pet owner to select a caretaker he/she trusts and who will be devoted to the pet, because the caretaker has no legal obligation under the above provision to use the money for the purpose specified.
The owner should leave only a reasonable amount of money for the care of any pet. A large sum of money may prompt relatives to challenge the Will and the court may invalidate the bequest for pet care. The attorney may want to include an "in terrorem" clause in the pet owner's Will to reduce the chance of a challenge to the Will. This clause provides that if a person unsuccessfully challenges a provision in the Will, he or she cannot then receive property under any provision of the Will.
Designating a Shelter or Charitable Organization to Care for Pets
If no friend or relative can be found to take the pet, the pet owner should look for a charitable organization whose function is to care for or place companion animals. A humane society or shelter might agree to accept the animal along with a cash bequest to cover expenses. An example of this type of Will provision appears in Sample Will Provision III.
The charity should agree to take care of the animal for its life or find an adoptive home for the animal. Before selecting a shelter, find out what kind of care animal receive at the shelter (for example, an animal should not have to stay for more than a short period in a cage). If the organization is directed to find an adoptive home for the companion animal in its care,

Dear Professor Parrot,
My neighbor died
unexpectedly. He had a dog and a parrot that we know he loved very much.  Unfortunately it is policy, in this type of situation, to call animal control to take the animals until the relatives release them.  How can I avoid traumatizing my pets this way in the event that this happens to me?
What do I put in a will to make sure that my pets are taken care of once I'm gone?
Signed
So and so

Dear So and so,
We all hope that this will never happen to us or our pets but some things just can't be foreseen so we have to prepare for them in advance.

In The Event of Your Death or Hospitalization

Planning for Your Pets in Your Will

For many people, particularly the elderly, a pet is an important and comforting part of life, and the care and well-being of the pet is a primary concern.
With this in mind, there are three situations in which a pet owner should plan for the care of the pet.
1 On the death of the pet owner, provisions are necessary in the pet owner's Will, to provide effectively for comfort and care for the pet.
2 On the death of the pet owner, advance arrangements should be made to protect the pet, during the period between the owner's death and the admission of the Will to probate.
Too often this period is not considered. Although a Will can make provisions for the care of the pet, no action can be taken by the Executor