A pair of New York cats are living in the lap of luxury as real-life Aristocats after their affluent owner left them $300,000 in her will.
Ellen Frey-Wouter, who died at the age of 88 with no children to inherit her $3 million estate, stipulated that $300,000 of her estate go to a trust fund for her cats, Troy and Tiger.
The felines, which are now cared for by two of Frey-Wouter’s former health care aides, have all of their food, grooming, veterinary care and other expenses covered by the trust fund.
Back in 2007, when the infamous, “Queen of Mean,” Leona Helmsley died she left her dog “Trouble” $12 million.
“I think that’s incredible,” said Demetri Tsoulos, a pet owner.
Fellow pet owner Tsoulos is among those applauding the thoughtfulness of his late neighbor, indicating he’d do the same for his dogs.
“Your pets are your family and leaving money behind so that they can be taken care of is a beautifully humane gesture and it’s a lesson for the rest of us,” Tsoulos said.
A Tennessee man named Leon Sheppard Sr. made similar headlines in 2013 when he died and left his $250,000 fortune and his 4,270 square foot home in a gated community to his cats, Frisco and Jake, instead of any of his five children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.