Not all families are in a position to take on the care of a pet after a loved one passes away. Leaving your best friend (or friends) to Humane Animal Rescue provides the opportunity for them to be rehomed where they can be treated as beloved companions. When speaking with your legal counsel about adding this into your estate planning we recommend language along these lines:
I give my [cat, dog, etc.], and any other animals, which I may own at the time of my death, to Humane Animal Rescue or surviving agency (EIN 25-0325750). If my [cat, dog, etc.], passes a temperament test and is not suffering from a terminal illness, I request Humane Animal Rescue staff, volunteers and/or fosters seek to rehome them in the best possible home where they will be treated as beloved companion animals.
I direct my Executor to give [$_] from my estate to Humane Animal Rescue upon their placement into their new home or other outcome based on temperament or health.