Comment on What happens to pets whose owners become hospitalized? by jeeeow.
I don’t know if there’s a difference between the states, but I do know that hospitals often employ social workers whose job is to help patients and their families sort out all these types of details. I know an oncology nurse who did lots of cat rescue, and was often called on to help in situations where there wasn’t a family or the family couldn’t or wouldn’t take care of the pets. It’s really a scary and sad situation in those cases where a patient cannot communicate that his pets need care at home.