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Planned Giving

Securing Your Pet's Future

Planning for your pet's future is something that every responsible pet owner should consider. If you don't have a family member, neighbor, or friend who agrees today to care for your pet in case you no longer can, the Austin Humane Society is here for you.

We ask that you take the following steps when including AHS in your planning:
Thoroughly complete a Biography form for each animal and mail to the address below. Keep a copy of this document with your will.

Austin Humane Society
Attn: Pet Guardianship Program
124 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757

Designate a friend, relative, neighbor, or executor of your estate to bring your pet to AHS if necessary.

Specify in your will or trust the following:
Your pet is to be entrusted to AHS at your death. You may wish to write the statement: "At the time of my death, I give my pet(s) to the Humane Society of Austin & Travis County, dba Austin Humane Society's adoption program."

The Austin Humane Society does not require a minimum gift in order for us to take your pets into our adoption program, but we do ask that you consider naming us as a beneficiary to cover our expenses as we work to find a new home for your pet(s). You may wish to write the statement: "I give and bequeath to Humane Society of Austin & Travis County (Tax ID Number: 74-6013665), a not-for-profit corporation, with principal offices presently located at 124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752, the sum of $____ .

If possible, please send us a copy of your will so we have this important information on file.

Please know that AHS will do everything in our power to ensure your beloved pet(s) find wonderful new homes. As members of our adoption program, decisions will be made by staff in their best interest. This means that there is a possibility they could be euthanized, but only if they are suffering from severe illness or have severe behavioral problems. If you have animals that have lived together in the home and you wish to be re-homed together, we will make every attempt to grant your wish but this is not something that can be guaranteed.

For more information on our Pet Guardianship Program, to have Cat Biography or Dog Biography forms mailed to you, or to get answers to any of your questions, please call Angela Osborn at 512-685-0119, or email aosborn@austinhumanesociety.org.

eBrochure Request Form

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Austin Humane Society a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I give and bequeath to Humane Society of Austin & Travis County, dba Austin Humane Society, a not-for-profit corporation, with principal offices presently located at 124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752, the sum of $___, to be used for the accomplishment of its general purposes (or for a specific purpose, as indicated).

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to AHS or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to AHS as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to AHS as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and AHS where you agree to make a gift to AHS and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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