Many people love their pets like their own children, but one woman is truly taking that to the extreme by leaving her fortune to her animals instead of her children.
Learn her reasons, and see if you agree she’s making the right move…
According to The South China Morning Post, an elderly woman named Liu, from Shanghai, is making a very unusual adjustment to her will: she’s leaving her fortune — valued at the equivalent of $2.8 million USD — to her pets.
The money and property was originally going to be divided among her three adult children, but she had a change of heart because none of the kids visited and rarely contacted her when she was ill.
Instead, she relied on her pet dogs and cats for comfort during that difficult time — and thus, they should be the rightful heirs to her estate.
According to local news, it isn’t legal in China to leave your money to your pets, so instead arrangements have been made with a local veterinary clinic to be the administrator of Liu’s estate, using the money to care for the animals for the rest of their lives.
Liu is still alive, so there is still time for her to potentially patch things up with her human family and put them back in the will. Officials also cautioned her of the risks of leaving her estate to a pet clinic.
“We told Auntie Liu that if her children change their attitude towards her, she could always alter her will again,” an official said, according to SCMP.
While it is highly unusual for someone to leave their fortune to their pets, it does happen: in 2020, a man left $5 million to his pet dog Lulu.
And while many might think it’s strange, others expressed sympathy for Liu, saying they would do the same thing if they were neglected by their own kids like that.
What do you think of this story? Would you leave all your money to your pet cats and dogs if you were in her shoes?
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