Appoint a pet carer
Pets are considered legal property. Their ongoing welfare should be considered as part of your will and estate planning.
About pets and wills
Pets are considered legal property, but are often treated like family. As such, their ongoing welfare should be considered as part of your will and estate planning.
However, because animals do not have the same legal status as humans, there are several options available to ensure your pets are properly taken care of.
Nominating a friend or family member
You can nominate a friend or family member to look after your pet. In this situation, it's best to confirm that this person has the time and interest in carrying out their responsibilities.
You may consider leaving a sum of money to the nominated person to cover expenses or to thank them for taking on the care of your pet.
Several other options include:
- setting up a trust for ongoing care and maintenance, with funds and directions overseen by your estate’s executor
- leaving as a gift to an animal shelter, animal charity or rescue service for adoption by another owner. Note, there may be a cash gift or other requirement needed in order to leave your pet for adoption, so it's worth contacting the organisation to check first.
Learn more about pets and wills at NSW Trustee & Guardian.
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