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Keep in mind that laws vary from state to state..so, what might be sound advice might not work for you.
New York State just recently allowed pets to be provided for under the terms of a will. You can't leave them money but you can leave them in someone's care. I mention this because I believe it is a state to state consideration and therefore you need to talk to an attorney in Texas.

At one time I spoke to my vet about leaving him $10,000 per cat to care for them if I died. (I had cancer and figured I was on the way out but fortunately I recovered and am fine, now!) He thought it over for a few days and then said he wouldn't take the money but would take the (3) cats and find a home for each or keep them. He says he is very good at finding cats homes.
While I hate the idea of declawing cats I guess if I had to go it would be better than their being homeless. One was already declawed, anyway, when I found her in the street.

Barb
I can only please one person a day.
Today is not your day.
Tomorrow doesn't look good either.
Here is one of my questions to go along with ... retirement plan to provide for the care of my furbabies.

I would, number one, leave your sister $1 in the will. If she ismentioned, she can never contest it. Two, ... because volunteers come and love the cats to death. Theyare well cared for. They even take FIV and FLV cats.[/nq]Thanks very much for the reference to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I looked up the site, and that looks promising! I'm not worried about my sister contesting the will. We are very close, and she will receive my house and will split the rest of my estate (actually, estate is rather pretentious it is really my house and retirement fund) with my brother if I die them (except for charitable bequests and the bequests for my cats). I don't have any fear that she would object to money being set aside for their care my fear is that she would feel that she should "care" for them, but she would not see anything wrong with declawing them to protect her furniture (just as she does with her own).

That is the one thing where we are worlds apart in our viewpoints. I mentioned the bequest for the cats because I was trying to decide if accepting that money could somehow be tied to an absolute guarantee not to declaw.
Thanks for the help!
i know that The Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey (and others, I'm sure) has materials for those who want to do what you're doing.

I have been going through the same thing and checked out the Associated Humane program. The cats are placed in "Kitty City" at Associated Humane's Popcorn Park facility in Forked River, NJ. I took a ride there one day to see it (unannounced) and was very impressed with how well the cats are being cared for. That's where my babies will be going, if I can every get off my you-know-what and get around to actually making out a will.
Wherever you decide to send your kitties, be sure to visit first. I think it's best to just walk in, so you see what the facility is like on a typical day.
Sara
i know that The Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey (and others,I'm sure) has materials for those who want to do what you're doing.

I have been going through the same thing and checked out the Associated Humane program. The cats are placed in ... think it's best to just walk in, so you see what the facility is like on a typical day. Sara

I think that's an excellent idea if a home can't be found, and I like the idea of having that as a sort of "desperation" alternative meaning, if I can't find a private home for them. However, I do think that cats that have been in a loving home would be much better off if a similar environment can be provided.
MaryL