Our Mission

 

Care and concern for every pet, forever.

Give them a life of safety. Promise, they'll never go back to a shelter!©


Society has entered a period of enlightenment where there is a new-found respect for animals. There are three significant trends: a surge in pet ownership, an increase in regarding animals as family members, and a rise in spending on pets. 

With this is mind, lawyers, estate planners, financial advisors, accountants and insurance agents, etc., should ask clients about their animals and then proceed to include them in the planning process. 

The Pet Protection Agreement® is designed to be affordable, include all animals, and supersede all other contracts, Wills, trusts, and agreements.

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MY INSPIRATION

Soupbone loved life, hated kennels and was my inspiration for creating the Hirschfeld Pet Trust™© and its online version, the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust, which the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) refers to as the “ultimate critical care pet trusts.”

 

RACHEL HIRSCHFELD, ANIMAL WELFARE ATTORNEY

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Rachel Hirschfeld is an internationally renowned animal welfare lawyer, expert in estate planning and a fervent advocate for people and their animals. She advises animal shelters, rescues, farms, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries. Rachel is one of the first attorneys to develop a focus on Animal Law. 

The trauma of the catastrophic illness of Soupbone, her beloved shelter dog, set her on her life’s path. She created the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust which offers legal ongoing, uninterrupted care, valid in all fifty states. Ms. Hirschfeld’s Pet Protection Agreement continues to save millions of pets each year and is available here

A Tony® Award winning producer, an honors graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ms. Hirschfeld worked in the top position in the U.S. Attorney General's office in Washington, D.C. while still in law school, along with receiving the top prize in cooking at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Hirschfeld is the founder of, and co-chairs the New York County Lawyers Association's Animal Law Committee. Currently, she is teaching Pet Trusts: Saving Animal Companions from the Unexpected at New York University. 

Rachel has served on the Advanced Programming and Education Committees of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, on the Trusts and Estates and Animal Law Committees of the American, New York State, New York County and New York City Bar Associations.

PAW & ORDER:You Love Your Dog? Keep The Good Life Going With A Pet Trust
The new book by Rachel Hirscfeld, Published by Page Publishing is coming Summer 2018.

PETRIARCH: The Complete Guide to Financial and Legal Planning for a Pet’s Continued Care.A scholastic book authored by Rachel Hirschfeld and published by the American Institute of Certified Accountants (AICPA), provides information needed to protect animals from the risk of their owners’ illness or death, for attorneys, financial advisors and their clients. 

THE PERFECT PET TRUST: Saving Your Dog from the Unexpected, is a law review article authored by Rachel Hirschfeld and published by the Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 9.

Ms. Hirschfeld is often quoted in public media, including: ABC, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, Consumer Digest, Dow Jones, Forbes, Fox News, Huffington Post, Newsday, Newsweek, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorney's Journal, The New York Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, among others. Thomson Reuters publishes her lectures. 

Through her Pet Protection Agreement pet trust, which is designed to be affordable and supersede all other documents, Ms. Hirschfeld has brought credibility to pet protection and safeguarding animals. She lives with her rescues; Swizzle, Sundance, Snuggles and Topper. 

Ms. Hirschfeld’s mission is care and concern for every pet, forever.