It’s clear to the Sarah the Pet Sitter team that pets are a part of the family. Americans’ relationships to dogs and cats have evolved, but this is not yet apparent in our laws. Pets are still considering property, so in cases of divorce there is no legal system of visitation for animals–couples have to arrange it on their own. Additionally, pets aren’t protected in domestic violence restraining orders either, so they can be subject to abuse. This article from the AP discusses how shared pet custody is more and more popular and certain states have already changed the statutes for pets in these cases.