Answering the Call for Animals in Need

Animals in need

HSMO is able to rescue these and other animals in need and help them find their forever homes thanks to you.

Three visits over eight years and more than 200 animals rescued. That is the result of the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Taskforce efforts on a single property in Bates County.

Each time, investigators discovered animals in living conditions so foul and filthy it shocked longtime investigators. The pungent odor of urine and feces permeated not only the house but also the entire property around the home.

This call in February by the Sheriff's Office brought HSMO investigators face to face with 41 dogs and cats in crates too small for them to move around in or to fully stand. The poor animals lived in crates stacked one on top of the other, with little clean water. Their crates, filled with piles of soiled newspaper, shrank each time the owner threw new paper on top of old.

The home lacked proper heat, so the owner used space heaters. Unfortunately, some of those heaters were placed dangerously close to the stacked crates subjecting the animals inside to constant, inescapable heat.

As the deputies arrested the property owner, HSMO investigators began the task of removing the animals and transporting them back to HSMO's Macklind facility. HSMO veterinarians carefully examined each animal and began treatments for conditions ranging from skin and eye ailments to burns resulting from the space heaters.

In this case, like all cases of criminal-level animal abuse, HSMO continues to fight for justice for these innocent animals. HSMO is working with local police and prosecutors to hold the property owner to account for the abuse and neglect of her animals, and is trying to prevent her from owning any animals in the future.

While these animals have all gone to new forever homes, HSMO is ready to respond to the next call and each call after that for animals in need. It is because of donors like you that each time the phone rings HSMO is able to respond and protect animals in dangerous and inhumane situations.

Your future gifts ensure we can continue helping animals get a second chance. We can help you find the right gift for you. Contact Tim Henry at thenry@hsmo.org or 314-951-1584 to get started.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Humane Society of Missouri 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 to the Humane Society of Missouri, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1201 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 HSMO 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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 HSMO as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 HSMO 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 HSMO where you agree to make a gift to HSMO 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.

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