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Will your pet(s) be cared for when you die?

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 7:30 am in Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, pet trusts, Pets.

SB 685, the Pet Trust Bill, will make pet trusts valid and enforceable in California

San Francisco SPCA president Jan McHugh-Smith hails the state Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous passage of SB 685, The Pet Trust Bill, on Jan. 15.

“The eventual passage of this bill will bring California into line with the majority of other states which already have enforceable pet trust laws,” McHugh-Smith noted. “It will also bring great peace of mind to pet guardians who wish to ensure continuing care for their companion animals should they predecease them.”

The Pet Trust Bill is sponsored by the SF/SPCA and carried by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo). The bill is also supported by the Humane Society of the United States, WildCare, The Marin Humane Society, the San Francisco Dog Owners Group (SFDOG), and other advocacy groups.

A legal pet trust protects companion animals and ensures that they receive the continuing care for which their owner/guardians planned. Currently, although California has recognized pet trusts for many years, these are only “honorary” trusts with no enforcement capability. SB 685 will make pet trust law consistent with other trust law by requiring trustees to carry out trust instructions regarding pets, and by incorporating oversight to guarantee performance.

SB 685 must now be heard and passed by the State Senate by Feb. 25. It will next be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee before moving into the Assembly for passage. The bill will then go to the Governor for consideration to be signed into law.

About time! /Gary

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No Responses to “Will your pet(s) be cared for when you die?”

  1. takeiteasy Says:

    Hooray! Nice to hear some good news. I have provisions for all of my furry, feathered ‘children.’

  2. Mike "troll" Dame Says:

    this is great news!
    we have already made plans as to where my pets will go if something happens to me and considering the chance some of them will likely out live me this is a comforting reassurance.

  3. Gary Says:

    Mike: Good to hear from you! Long time no hear. Hope things go well in the Spider World! /Gary

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