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Your pet is a part of your family. You treat your dog or cat well and make sure he or she has everything needed for a healthy and happy life. While pets do not have as long of a lifespan as humans, there could be a situation where your pet outlives you. If this happens, do you have a plan in place to ensure your pet has someone to care for him or her? You do have the option of putting pet care in your will in Kentucky.

The best way to ensure your wishes regarding the care of your pet after your death are honored is to put it in your will, according to PetFinder. You should choose a caregiver carefully because you want to name someone who will really be able to take care of your pet in the same way as you. It can take time to choose the right person, and even after you make your decision, you want to keep in contact with the person you choose to ensure he or she is still willing to care for your pet.

You need to detail in your will the aspects of care. Be specific and include information about special needs and veterinary care. Keep in mind, though, that the caregiver will have control over what happens after you die and he or she takes ownership of your pet.

Another thing to think about is that probate for your will can take time. You need to ensure your pet gets proper care in the interim. So, this is why you need to be on good terms with the caregiver you choose. You may also consider creating a trust for your pet. You can put money in the trust as well for care. This information is for education and is not legal advice.