In Florida, and many other states animals are now allowed to be the beneficiaries of a special trust that is created to take care of them. These are often referred to as a Florida Pet Trust.
Today I was reading an article published in Arizona which stated that a Dog could inherit one’s estate. While the article gives the correct advice the title is misleading and seems to suggest that a dog could inherit your estate. A pet may only receive the benefit of a Florida Pet Trust while the animal is alive. Being the beneficiary of a trust is not the same as inheriting part of an estate. In fact, a gift to a pet which is not in the form of a Florida Pet Trust would be void in Florida and most states.