February 2, 2009
Jeanne Janes would do anything for her kids.
She rises every day at 5 a.m. in her home on a wide stretch of land outside of the city for half-hour feedings. Only six youngsters were planned, but she frets over all 17 of them. She knows all their quirks as only a mother could.
And it doesn’t matter that they’re, as she calls them, her “four-legged children.” They’re the only family she has.
The first reported pet trust case in the United States took place in Kentucky in 1923, according to estate law professor Gerry Beyer at Texas Tech University in an online article titled “Pet Animals: What Happens When Their Humans Die?”