Frequently Asked Questions


A pet trust is a legal instrument designed to provide one or more pets with lifetime love and care.  You detail the instructions you want for your pet’s care.  You leave money to provide for their future including food, toys and medical care.  You choose where you want your pet to live and with whom.  Your pet trustee makes sure your wishes are carried out on behalf of your loved pet.

Today, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted statutory laws that provide for the creation of a trust for the benefit of a domestic pet.  Your pet and not a person is the beneficiary of the Pet Trust.  As a result, your pet has legal rights that can be protected.

No one loves your pet like you do.  You would never intentionally harm your pet.  Yet, more than 500,000 loved pets are euthanized each year because their pet parent didn’t have a plan.  Your pet should never end up in a shelter scared and alone or become a statistic.

Your pets are your children.  Yet, they will never grow up, never hold jobs and will never take care of themselves.  You have to make it your responsibility to plan for your loved pet if something happens to you. Get a pet trust today!

More than 50% of Americans haven’t planned for themselves.  That means there are literally millions of pets at risk every day!

If you have a plan for yourself, congratulations!  You are doing better than 50% of Americans who have no estate plan.  Yet, having an estate plan for yourself is just the first step. You can’t leave money to your pet.  If you leave money to a person, they may not take care of your pet.

You have to create a pet trust to provide your pet with lifetime love and care.  Today, all 50 states and the District of Columbia recognize pet trusts where your pet is the beneficiary entitled to legal protection under the law.

Update your estate plan, including your pet trust, every time you have a change in your life, there is a change in the law, or you have a change in your legacy – who you want to benefit from your estate.  Work with professionals who love and care for pets like you do.

Animal Care Trust USA, is the only nonprofit organization that provides options for lifetime pet care as well as pet trustee services to make sure your loved pet receives lifetime love and care.

YES, you should still protect your loved pet, even if you haven’t created an estate plan for yourself.  You can create a Pet Trust today to provide your loved pet with lifetime love and care.  Animal Care Trust USA makes it easy. 

Join our ACT4Pets Community Pet Trust, or one of our Forever Loved Pet Trust options.  Your pet can remain in your home, be placed with a Forever Family, or enjoy life at a Forever Sanctuary.  Our Pet Protection Plan ensures your  pet is protected if something happens to you.  Get a pet trust today!

We are happy to discuss the details, contact us today.

The ACT4Pets Community Pet Trust is a master trust that allows multiple pet parents and multiple pets to benefit from a single legal instrument.  This is our most affordable option.  Join today by signing our Joinder Agreement, providing details about your loved pet and providing proof of funding.

You can also select one of our Forever Loved Pet Trust options – create a personalized Pet Trust or work with an attorney to create a custom trust for the benefit of your loved pet.

Join our Pet Protection Plan to ensure lifetime protection and Pet Trustee services for your loved pet.

The Forever Loved Pet Trust offers two options – you can personalize a Pet Trust for the benefit of your loved pet.  Download our Forever Loved Pet Trust.  Name your own Pet Caregivers and your own Pet Trustees.  Animal Care Trust USA can act as your Pet Trustee on request and by enrolling in our Pet Protection Plan.

The second option is to work with your attorney or our attorneys to create a custom Forever Loved Pet Trust.  This will be the best option if you want your pet to stay in your home in the event of your disability or death.

The Forever Loved Pet Trust personalized option was prepared by Founder and CEO, Peggy R. Hoyt, a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in both Wills, Trusts and Estates as well as Elder Law.  She has more than 25 years experience in the practice of law and held a Series 7 Securities license as a Financial Advisor.  Members of our board are experienced estate planning attorneys, animal advocates and pet moms.

You have choices.  We have solutions.


FOREVER HOME – The Forever Home Program is designed for pet parents who want their loved pet to remain at home with no change in their environment or daily routine.  Choose your own Pet Caregiver or Animal Care Trust USA will place a certified Pet Caregiver in your home to provide lifetime love and care to your loved pet.  This option requires sufficient financial resources for both the lifetime care of your pet, the care and maintenance of your home and compensation for your Pet Caregiver.

FOREVER FAMILY – The Forever Family Program places your loved pet with a loving family who will provide lifetime love and care.  Your Pet Trust will provide for the health, care and maintenance of your loved pet.

FOREVER SANCTUARY –  The Forever Sanctuary Program places your loved pet in a sanctuary environment with other loved pets.  This may be the best option for loved pets that have long lives, are hard to place or would thrive best in a group or farm environment.  Your Pet Trust will provide for the health, care and maintenance of your loved pet.