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I'm a natural hermit, but I'm thinking when I move to my next property (assuming hubby won't be with me by then) a priority will be to build a small self-contained secondary dwelling. I can move into the smaller place and let someone who couldn't otherwise afford property live in the main house. That's where the SKIP and Otis/Otisette idea makes a lot of sense.
 
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Brilliant!
 
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Jay Angler: I agree 100%; those with pets DO have a greater will and fight for life, and yes, a reason to "get out of bed". For those worried about what will happen when they die if they still have pets, one option is to become a foster home for rescues.  There are rescues for everything from lizards to farm stock to cats and dogs.  You can continue to reap the benefits of companionship with your favorite animal(s), without the long-term commitment.

Generally, the rescue covers all expenses (food, vet care, toys, leashes, etc.), and simply need you to provide space, time and possibly training or socializing. Incredibly rewarding, without the financial burden or denying yourself the companionship of your favorite animals.

Michael Littlejohn: again, I agree 100%; creating a situation where you stay in place, perhaps in a smaller, purpose built building or by providing space for the tenant/successor to place something temporary (camper/Yurt) if there is no secondary dwelling.

Assuming over a few years you decide these "adopted children" are the correct stewards for the land you could the look at a secondary structure designed for them, assuming one does not exist.

This can then be financed by the successors, yourself or by a mortgage the successors take out; once the property is legally (and likely mortgage free) transferred to them. It can all be done very legally, at least in Canada, with the owner "selling", but retaining the "right to reside" until death.  

I have two acquaintances who have done this. One has been on "their" 40 acres for over thirty years, the other, also 40 acres, for 15 yrs. They do not technically OWN the land, but have the right to reside on, build on, and keep animals, as they see fit, until they die.

Basically all the "owner" does is pay the taxes. Both the folks I know sold to long term land speculators who accumulate vast swaths of land cheap, gambling that 50 yrs from now the urban sprawl will encompass the area and/or that it will be removed by the agricultural land reserve. But someone could just as easily sell to a Permie minded person/family, and add covenants to the sale detailing what can and cannot be done with the property.
 
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The cats and dogs represent a significant problem.  They are family.  

We have left the door open for a move to a an apartment in a much larger community.  I really don’t see it happening for me.  My wife has significant disabilities.  We have discussed exit planning.  ....especially for her if I should die before her.   I do have a few people who We trust to work with her through the transition.
 
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