It’s true. Sometimes referred to as “companion animals”, California Probate Code §15212 specifically provides for the creation of a trust to care for your beloved dog, cat or other companion animal after you pass.
An “animal” is defined as a “domestic or pet animal” (California Probate Code §15212(i))…. could be a horse or pot-bellied pig so long as it can fit the definition.
Per the statute, any money left for the care of the animal can only be used for the animal’s care; not for the benefit of the trustee (California Probate Code §15212(b)(1)). Further, when the trust terminates (presumably after the passing of the animal), the remaining money goes in accordance with the terms of the trust or in accordance with a residuary clause in the decedent’s will (California Probate Code §(b)(2)).