Learn more about pet care agreements
A pet care agreement is a contract you can make with a person who has agreed to take care of your pet if you die. The agreement will describe the care arrangement you wish to make for your pet. A pet care agreement is a less complex option you can use to put your wishes in writing. More formal and complex options include creating a pet trust through a living pet trust or a testamentary trust (a trust created in your last will and testament).
A pet care agreement may also be called any of the following names:
Who should use this form?
- Animal care agreement
- Pet protection agreement
- Pet agreement
- Pet care form
- Pet care contract
- Pet caregiver contract
A pet owner and potential pet caregiver who have agreed that the caregiver will take care of the pets if the owner dies can use this agreement to put their arrangement in writing.
What to include in a pet care agreement
The agreement should contain the names of the parties, the name and description of the pet(s), the agreed upon standard of care for the pets, medical decisions for the pets, and details around potential transfer of pet ownership.
After the parties sign the pet care agreement, they should each keep a copy of it on hand. The pet owner should also let family and friends know they have signed an agreement with the caregiver setting out their wishes regarding care of the pet if they die. You aren't required to file the agreement with any official authorities.
You may wish to have an attorney review the pet care agreement to ensure that the terms of the agreement fits your needs.