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Planned Gifts

Leaving a gift to Animal Care Sanctuary in your will, trust, or other planned gift by designating Animal Care Sanctuary as your beneficiary can make a lasting difference in our vital and compelling work to save the lives of more dogs and cats. Many gifts cost you nothing now, there is no minimum contribution, and you are not locked into a decision you make today.



To make the process of creating a bequest simple, use FreeWill, a free, online resource that guides you through the process of creating a will in 20 minutes or less. It’s easy to use, and always free, regardless of whether or not you choose to include Animal Care Sanctuary in your will. Get started today!


If you have already included  Animal Care Sanctuary in your will or trust, please let us know! We would love to thank you for your generosity.

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Sample Language:

“I bequeath _________(dollar amount or % of state) to be used for its general purposes (or you may restrict the gift to a specific program) to Animal Care Sanctuary or its successors and/or assigns by merger or purchase, federal tax identification number 22-1837635, whose permanent address is 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane East Smithfield Pa 18817.”

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Life Insurance

Existing or Employer Paid Insurance

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Retirement Plans

Retirement Plan Retirement assets include tax-deferred retirement saving accounts, like Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), 401(k), 403(b), annuities, Keogh, and pension plans. Gifts from these accounts, while you are still living, may have withdrawal penalties and may have income tax consequences. However, naming Animal Care Sanctuary as the beneficiary of your retirement assets at your death avoids both income tax and estate tax obligations.


If the largest asset in your estate is your retirement plan, such as a 401(k), IRA, or Keogh, you may be surprised to learn that the IRS will impose income tax on the remaining balance in the account if you designate it to a beneficiary other than your spouse.


The income from the after-death distribution of a tax-deferred retirement plan to an heir is taxable as income and is in addition to the estate tax that may be imposed on the account. For estates fully subject to the estate tax, the result can be that up to 75 percent of the value of your retirement plan will be consumed in taxes before your child, relative or friend receives it.

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Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

These are the most common types of securities in a person’s portfolio. By making a gift of securities to the Animal Care Sanctuary, you can claim the full-appreciated value of the Securities as a charitable contribution deduction and avoid the capital gains tax.

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Beneficiaries must be at least 65 at the time of the gift. Our minimum gift requirement is $10,000.

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Pet Trust Program

Ensuring the Care of Your Pets After You’re Gone

If you have pets, you want the comfort of knowing they will be cared for and loved if anything should happen to you. We strongly recommend that you remember your pets when crafting your estate plan. Find someone you can trust to leave them to and talk to this person, so they know your plans. If, however, you do not have anyone to leave your pets to, Animal now offers a program called Pet Safe to ensure your pet is taken care of, in their new home with a loving family when you are gone or are disabled.


Animal Care Sanctuary is a local, non-profit corporation, funded through the support of community members like you.


(If your will or trust document does not specify who will transport the pets to our agency in Pennsylvania, we can work with your personal representative, trustee, or other responsible party to have your pet safely transported to our shelter facilities. The cost of transport outside of the boundaries of Pennsylvania is the responsibility of the pet owner or his/her estate.)


We suggest a minimum planned gift of $5,000 bequeathed to Animal Care Sanctuary, Federal Identification Number 22-1837635, to support your pets’ enrollment.

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Required next steps for enrolling a dog or cat in Pet Safe:

For more information and other ways to set up planned giving options, please contact Terri McKendry at

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