People giving huge sums of money to cats and dogs

In 2007, hotelier Leona Helmsley passed away and left her white Maltese $12 million. It made the front pages of the dailies in New York City and people chalked it up to a famous person's eccentricity.

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But then it was revealed this week that the late designer Alexander McQueen left £50,000 ($82,000) to his dogs to ensure that they're taken care of in their golden dog years. Was this another case of a famous person having so much money that even their dogs get something in the will?

Apparently, it's not just something famous rich people do. In South Florida, a growing number of elderly pet owners are leaving behind large sums of money to their pets in their wills. One woman left $50,000 for a shelter to look after her 17-year-old schnauzer after she's gone, and another woman promised she'd leave her home to a shelter to take care of her four Chihuahuas and a poodle.

Here's what Jeannette Christos, the executive director of the no-kill shelter in Boca Raton had to say about pets with trust funds:

"People are so worried about their animals," Christos said. "Some people don't have many relatives or don't want to entrust the animals to them."

About five or six of the 18 senior dogs at the shelter have trust funds or money left for their care, Christos said. About the same number of cats do, too.

Yes, let's not forget about the cats! There's been some talk that Amy Winehouse will leave some money to a shelter for cats in her will. Of course, cats could probably all earn a living by putting up videos of themselves on YouTube.




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