Pet Trust

While it is heartbreaking to lose a feathered friend there is always the very real possibility that our companion animals, especially birds, will outlive us! The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary was fortunate to have Christopher C. Jones, a respected local estate planning lawyer, attend a recent board meeting to educate us on the importance of planning for the possibility that our pet’s lifespan will exceed our own. We learned about two very exciting options to make sure the pets we love so much are cared for after our passing.

Most people have a will or trust in place to deal with their property. What I was surprised to learn from Mr. Jones was that pets are considered property. Every year about 500,000 pets go to various organizations due to the death or disability of their owner and ultimately half of those pets are killed. Pet owners need a pet trust to protect their companions. A personal trust costs an average of $2500 but Mr. Jones and his partners have created a cost effective, revisable solution for companion animals that can be created online and covers all of the pets in a household for only $89.

I knew right away I needed a trust for my Sun Conure, Scarlet. He is a sweetheart to me, but loud and vicious to everyone else. I created a trust so I know there will be money to provide care for my friend while the best possible second home is found for him if something happens to me. I partially funded my trust and can add more funding later which is a great feature.

The second way to help the feathered friends we all love so much is to include the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary in your planned giving. It’s as easy as adding a line to your will or trust saying ‘I hereby bequeath (describe dollar amount, or property) to the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit corporation, located at 2430 Lillie Avenue, Summerland CA 93067, for its general fund.’ At any given time there are over 60 birds being cared for in the Sanctuary, funding and donations are always needed. With your help the sanctuary will be able to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.

To learn more about creating a pet trust online visit and to learn more about how you can include the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary in your will or trust please stop by or call or email us for more information.

Heather Dear
SBBS Board of Directors

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