Can a Pet Be Euthanized When Its Owner Dies?

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Sometimes a very old pet or one in need of substantial medical care may be unable to go through the strain of moving households and lifestyles. In these cases, a humane decision is sometimes made to put the animal to sleep. Naming a caregiver you trust in your pet trust, and discussing your pet’s condition thoroughly with them, will ensure that you are both in agreement with what is the best choice for your pet after you’re gone.

Some pet owners are interested in using a will to direct that their pet should be euthanized when they die. Although there are some notable examples of this request being honored, many courts would not uphold it when the pet is healthy and it is possible to find a new home.