Many of us have experienced the painful loss of someone close to us and the complicated task of making sure that all of the belongings cherished by our loved one are properly taken care of. Most people have the foresight to designate in their will the heirs of their assets and tangible possessions, but often they don’t think to make provisions for their pet. This can create difficulties as family members try to determine who will be responsible for the faithful companion left behind.

Preplanning for the care of our pets can help eliminate unnecessary stress for our families at a highly emotional time, and will also make our wishes clear and more likely to be followed.

As animal guardians we should all think about planning for the lifelong care of our pets. Since laws affecting funds established for the perpetual care of family pets have changed in recent years, it’s important to seek expert legal counsel to ensure that your wishes and your pet’s needs are both met.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss the various ways that DHA can assist you in providing for your companion animals. Together we can determine what would be in the best interest of your devoted, four-footed friends.

Estate Planning

Have you already included DHA as a beneficiary of your estate? Do you need information about how to make such a provision? Very often, a “planned gift” reduces your overall estate tax burden, potentially benefitting your heirs, AND it supports the education, adoption and housing of our most important shelter residents. A planned gift can be accomplished through a bequest, trust, charitable gift annuity or life insurance.

Planned gifts enable you to make a lasting contribution to our long-term success. When realized, they are used for two principal purposes, general operating support, and our permanent endowment. General support gifts assure that the annual budget is balanced and that our care of the animals is paid for. Endowment contributions are invested permanently—only the investment income from endowment is used to support the annual operation.

“Donors that include DHA in their estate plans are among our most generous benefactors. Every year the shelter receives a variety of estate gifts that have sustained our annual budget and have helped build an endowment for the future.”

— Executive Director Patrick Carroll

For more information about the types of planned gifts and sample bequest language, click here. You should consult a tax or estate attorney when making a planned gift. For a list of suggested attorneys, click here.

DHA’s Friends for Life Society

The Friends for Life Society recognizes donors who include Delaware Humane Association in their legacy plans. Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our Planned Giving Intention Form to let us know. This will ensure that your wishes are followed exactly as intended, and enable us to thank you for your generosity.

Perpetual Pet Care

As animal guardians we plan for the lifelong care of our pets after we’re gone. Preplanning for the care of our pets can help eliminate unnecessary stress for our families at a highly emotional time, and will also make our wishes clear and more likely to be followed.

Since laws affecting funds established for the perpetual care of family pets have changed in recent years, it’s important to seek expert legal counsel to ensure that your wishes and your pet’s needs are both met.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss the various ways that DHA can assist you in providing for your companion animals. Together we can determine what would be in the best interest of your devoted, four-footed friends.

Please note that our EIN/Tax ID number is 51-0082499.

For more information about planned giving, please contact:

Patrick Carroll, Executive Director
pcarroll@delawarehumane.org
(302) 571-8171, ext. 301

Delaware Humane Association is a nonprofit organization under Federal regulation 501 (c) 3 and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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