The ASPCA also advocates for another type of planning for your pets, estate planning. Pets, just like all your other loved ones, can now be a part of your estate plan. In New York State the best way to ensure that your beloved companions are well cared for is through the use of a pet trust. This legal tool can help you ensure the long-term care for your animals and even set up a pool of money that will be dedicated to the care and comfort of your pets. Too many times our companion animals can get lost in the shuffle when their guardian passes away. A pet trust will ensure not only that there is someone designated to take care of those animals but also that there is money dedicated to the sole purpose of ensuring them the life they once had with their guardian.