Providing for Fluffy and Fido in Your Estate Plans – The Massachusetts Pet Trust Law “
An Act Relative to Trusts for the Care of Animals”
Mass. Laws ch. 203, § 3C
Have you ever asked yourself “Who will care for my pet/s when I’m gone or if I can no longer care for them?” Thanks to the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling’s “Safe Shelter Surviving Pet Care Plan” you no longer have to worry about what happens to your pet/s should you no longer be able to care for them AND there won’t be a burden to find family or friends to be their caretaker either.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation effective April 2011 that enables pet trusts. This law is to provide for the care of your pet/s should YOU become incapacitated or die. Because pets are living longer and are such an important part of our lives we should all be prepared to provide for their care IF AND WHEN we are no longer able to do so. Under the new law, pet owners can create ENFORCEABLE trusts to provide for their beloved pet/s, specify both a trustee for the trust and a caretaker (in this case you would designate Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, MA) for the pet/s AND be assured that their wishes and directions be carried out.
How does this program work for my pet/s? The plan is simple. Just email us today or call our shelter at 978-422-8585 and leave a message for the Director that you are looking for information on the Safe Shelter Surviving Pet Care Plan be sure to leave your name, mailing address and phone number so we can mail out a package for your review!
Here at our shelter in Sterling, MA – we will provide food, shelter, and lots of love and attention as well as state-of-the-art medical care for your pet/s until they can be adopted into new loving homes. Essentially – YOUR pets will reside with us until they find new loving homes. Be it days, weeks or months, your pet/s will be safe and well cared for while in our care at our shelter. Please note: to due obvious liability issues, we are unable to accept any pet/s that are aggressive or have terminal or severe medical conditions. If you have any concerns about this policy please contact us for further details and criteria.