In 25 of the 50 United States you can leave your estate to a person or to an institution but not to an animal. However, in half of the states you can leave your wealth in trust to a pet. You can also book a room in a no-kill shelter or a pet retirement home. For example, Pet Estates in Albany, N.Y. offers lifetime care for your pet when you pass on at an annual cost of $ 21,400! In view of the human hunger, misery and disease in the world, one wonders why anyone would choose to pass up those opportunities to provide lifetime luxury to an animal.