February has been designated Responsible Pet Owners month. Responsibility for your pet extends to planning for its care if you are no longer able to. According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 500,000 pets are euthanized in shelters each year because their owner died and left no instructions or provisions regarding their pet's care.
The best method to protect your pet's future care and well-being if you die is to create a pet trust. Leaving provisions for a pet's care solely in a will is not recommended because a will contest could leave the care of the pet in limbo. With a trust, you specifiy who will care for your pet, how your pet will be cared for, and how your pet's needs will be funded.
AlerStallings works with pet owners to prepare legally enforceable plans for the future care of pets. Contact us to learn more about how to protect your pet from an uncertain future.