A few days after actress Lauren Bacall died, I saw a sensationalized headline referencing the fact that Bacall left $10,000 for the care of her dog. For those of us who share our homes with pets, we know that is not an unreasonable amount, depending on a variety of factors. What is most important in this story is that Bacall made plans in the event that she would die before her dog. In addition to the money, she also had someone who would care for her dog.
We know of many pets who end up in a shelter following the death of their human because no plans have been made. We also know of pets who are euthanized within days of their human’s death, because there is no one to care for the pet and it may seem like the best option for family members who are dealing with a multitude of issues.
It would be helpful if more people with pets, especially those persons whose health is failing and the chance of their pets outliving them seems likely, would plan ahead, as Bacall did. The amount of money is not necessarily as significant as thinking ahead and making plans so pets are not completely abandoned because their human dies first.