Cat Ching! These Two Cats Inherit $300,000!
24 August, 2017
We all love our pets like children. And, today there are many pet owners whose fur-kids are their only children. So, maybe it’s not a huge surprise that a wealthy pet owner from the Bronx made sure her beloved cats would be taken care of after her death, to the tune of $300,000!
Troy and Tiger, the lucky cats, share the $300,000!
Troy and Tiger share a $300,000 bequest, just a small portion of author Ellen Frey-Wouter’s $3-million estate that includes a large home in an exclusive section of the Bronx. Her specific instruction were that Troy and Tiger would “never be caged” and always be lovingly cared for.
Frey-Wouter was 88 and a widow with no children when she died. Two of her former home health aides now each take care of her precious pets. They submit the bills for expenses like food, grooming and vet care and are reimbursed from that trust fund.
Tiger, an alley cat, especially hit the jackpot
Tiger especially hit the jackpot. The former alley cat is now living the good life in sunny Ocala, Fla., dining on filet- mignon-flavored Fancy Feast and bedding down in a plush faux-fur bed with silk lining.
“He deserves it,” said Dahlia Grizzle, the former home health aide to the late Ellen Frey-Wouters, and now Tiger’s caretaker. “He’s a wonderful cat.”
“The cats were like her babies,” Grizzle said. And she left them a large chunk of change to make sure they were cared for properly and then some!
Her lawyer thought that sum was especially large for cats
Lawyer Irwin Fingerit was a little surprised when Frey-Wouters suggested that she leave the large sum to her kitties, court papers show. Her lawyer thought $300,000 was unnecessary or too much money. But, then again, Leona(Helmsley actually left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble.
When the cats die, the balance of their trust fund will go to Frey-Wouters’ only living family member, a sister in the Netherlands. The rest of her $3 million estate was split between two other home health aides, charities and her lawyer.
Story and photo-credit: NYPost