Pet Trust Resources

Below is an extensive list of resources to help you plan for the future of your companion animals.

According to the Web site, the following states have pet trust laws:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (As of 5/06)


"Planning for the Long Term Care of Your Companion Animals," (pdf) by Nancy Blaney of the Doris Day Animal League (Winter 2005, Animal Guardian magazine)

When Your Pet Outlives You: Protecting Animal Companions After You Die, by David Congalton and Charlotte Alexander (2002, New Sage Press)

2nd Chance 4 Pets and PetGuardian (Los Gatos, CA). The former is an educational resource, and the later provides information about and assistance in preparing pet trusts.

Estate Planning for Pets Foundation (AZ) Director: Steven Baker, an estates and trust attorney and CPA. “The purpose of the Foundation is to provide an educational resource for pet owners regarding the whos, whats, whens, wheres, and whys of planning for the care of their pets when they no longer can.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NY) Click “Legal Information” then click “Pet Trust Primer.” Website provides brief, basic introduction to pet trusts.

The Humane Society of the United States. Ask for their free kit “Providing for Your Pet’s Future Without You” e-via e-mail or call 202-452-1100.

University of Michigan Animal Legal and Historical Center. Information on state pet trust laws.

Visit Click on Research Legal Topics,then Trusts and Estates, then Estate Planning, then Pet Trusts.

The following organizations offer programs to find new homes for pets after owners dies.

Arizona Humane Society Continuing Care Program Enter the term Continuing Care Program in the “Search” function and then click on “End-of-Year Estate Plan Checklist.” Or call 602-395-3853.

Bide-a-Wee (NY), Golden Years Retirement Home or call 631-325-0200.

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Perpetual Pet Care Program or call 785-532-4013.

Oasis Sanctuary, a life-care facility for captive exotic birds

Pet Estates, Inc. of New York Offers “a sanctuary for pets.” Will keep pet on the estate or place in a private home.

Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine West Lafayette, IN Center for the Human-Animal Bond, “Peace of Mind Program." Request info via email or read this article.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas “Pet Survivor Program” (this is a PDF file that requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). Or call 214-651-9611.

San Francisco SPCA “Sido Program” or call 415-554-3027

Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary. “A privately funded, state-of-the-art animal care program designed to provide personalized care in a home-like environment.”

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s PerPETual Care Program