- It is important to consider an animal’s potential lifespan when choosing a new pet.
- Parrots can live up to 70 years and tortoises up to 100 years, which increases the chance that the pet will outlive its owner or its owner’s ability to be responsible for it.
- Many long-living pets are given away to sanctuaries or abandoned when their owners become too old or no longer want them.
- Certain states have legislation in place for creating a pet trust, which provides legal arrangements for a pet after the owner dies.
- In states without a pet trust law, there are several options for the future of the pet. Life trusts, provisions in one’s will, and arrangements with animal rescue groups can ensure proper care of a pet after the death of the owner.
Sources: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Forest Preserve District of Cook County (http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/natbltn/400-499/nb486.htm); Parrot Sanctuary and Rescue Center (http://www.parrotsanctuary.co.cc/); PBS Kids: Pet Responsibility; The Human Society of the United States