Many people in California have more than one pet these days and they are usually an integral part of a family's identity and life. It is therefore entirely understandable for people to want to provide for their domestic pets in their wills or other estate planning methods. When the method used for this purpose is through one's will, certain state law limitations may interfere with one's ability to fully manage the pet's future.
For example, the amount of money that one may leave for the benefit of animals in the will may be limited. Also, the caretaker may be able to take the funds designated for the use of the pet and use them for his or her own personal needs. The bequest is therefore not generally enforceable under traditional state law provisions.