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Questions and Answers

Q. How Do I Leave a Gift to Pets Lifeline?

A. It's easy. The most common way to leave a gift is through a charitable gift in a will or a living trust. Many people set aside a certain dollar amount. Others leave a percentage of their estate or any assets left over after their family has been provided for. Some people choose to donate cash, securities, real or personal property. Others leave life insurance policies, or funds from a retirement account or other financial asset.


Q. Must I Have a Sizable Estate in Order to Leave a Gift?

A. Anyone can leave a gift. "Estate" is simply a word used to describe any money, property or personal belongings that you own at the time of your death. Most people leave an estate when they die, even though they may not have had a great deal of wealth.


Q. Do I Have to State My Wish to Leave a Gift to Pets Lifeline?

A. Yes, you do. A charitable bequest will not take effect unless you state your intention in your will or living trust. Without a will you have no influence over your belongings after your death.


Q. Can I Leave a Gift in Memory of a Loved One?

A. Yes, a gift in memory is a wonderful way to recognize someone who has made a difference in your life. Pets Lifeline encourages memorial gifts. Please call 707.996.4577 for more information. This kind of a gift can also be arranged for in your will. You just need to make it clear that the gift is given in memory of a particular person or for a specific use.

Q. Will I be credited for my donation?

A. We gratefully acknowledge memorial donations made to Pets Lifeline in memory of a beloved friend or animal companion. We publish the names of donors and recipients in our quarterly newsletter and website. Please contact our administrative office at 707.996.9982 for more information.

Q. How Can I Leave a Gift for a Specific Purpose or Field of Interest?

A. Pets Lifeline has several restricted funds for special programs, including the Boomer, Max and Cloudy Fund for Critical Care and the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Program. If you'd like to begin a new sponsored fund please call 707.996.4577 x103.

Q. What are the types of Planned Giving?

A. There are many types of PLANNED GIVING and many forms with which to give:


  • Cash

  • Securities

  • Real Estate

  • Life Insurance

  • Retirement Plan

  • Personal Property

  • Business Interests

  • Employer Contributions

If you have additional questions regarding Planned Giving, please call 707.996.4577 x103 or email us.

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