In Pets We Trust

A woman holding a dog.

WE CALL THEM OUR BABIES and sometimes even call ourselves their mama. Yep, we’re talking about our pets—who for many folks are family.

But what’s to become of our pets when we die or can no longer care for them ourselves?

Thanks to 2014 state law revisions, Wisconsin residents can now establish a pet trust to take care of their animal for the rest of their lives, says Madison estate attorney Dera Johnsen-Tracy.

Owners name someone to use the pet trust for food, board, veterinary and other costs—estimated to be up to nearly $2,000 a year depending on the breed of animal, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Now that loyalty is bound to make Fido a very happy boy.

—Marni McEntee

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