If you have a dog or cat, you probably consider it a member of your family and want to ensure it is taken care of after you die. That is why it is important to include a pet clause in your will. Pets are considered property, so they can be handed down to a family member or friend after you’re gone. Here is some further information about including your pet in your will.
Selecting a Pet Guardian
The guardian for your pet will be responsible for caring for your furry family member after you are gone. As such, you should choose someone you trust. Taking care of a cat or dog is a bigger responsibility than most people think. Pets require shelter, food, veterinary care and attention. The pet guardian you select should have the space in his or her home and heart for your pet. It is a good idea to discuss your wishes with the person you want to appoint as your pet guardian. Find out if the person is actually up for the responsibility of taking care of a pet.
If you can’t think of anyone in your life that you want to take care of your pet, you may want to look into local shelters or rescue groups. You can name one of them as the beneficiary.
Providing Instructions on Taking Care of Your Pet
Not all pets have the same exact needs. Therefore, it is wise to include instructions on how to properly take care of your dog or cat. For example, if your dog needs to eat a special kind of food for its allergies, include that in your will. Your pet’s guardian will not know how to take proper care of your pet unless you leave specific instructions.
Leaving Money for Your Pet
From food to veterinary bills, it can cost a lot to take care of a pet. That is why you may want to leave a certain amount of money for your pet’s care to its guardian. However, keep in mind that the pet guardian is not legally required to follow your instructions. Therefore, you should choose someone you deeply trust.