A Safe Place for Animals


Thanks to the care she received at HSMO, Blaze is now safe and leading a fully functional life.

The Humane Society of Missouri is a safe place for animals throughout our area. Each day, we provide animals with compassionate vet care, rehabilitation and training, as they await forever homes—and new families are created with each adoption.

What happens here in the dark hours of the night, when a car pulls into the parking lot and an animal is quickly put into one of our night surrender cages, is one of the least known but important parts of HSMO's mission. A mission to be a safe place for surrendering animals. No matter the time or date, every day of the year, the HSMO is that safe place for animals in need of a second chance.

Blaze, a five-month-old kitten, is one of those lucky animals placed in an overnight surrender box. Now, Blaze is healthy and has found her forever home.

Anonymously left, she was found the next morning with a horribly injured right foreleg, but now that she was at the Humane Society of Missouri she was safe. Examined by HSMO vet staff her injured leg was found to be too badly injured to be saved, but otherwise she was a healthy kitten. Expert surgeons skillfully removed the mangled limb, allowing Blaze to live a fully functional life.

Blaze has recovered and is enjoying a fully active second chance at life because the Humane Society was a safe place for her. Blaze and the other animals left overnight depend on donors, like you, who choose to make them part of a legacy of hope through planned gifts to HSMO.

To learn more about the many ways you can make HSMO a part of your legacy, please contact Tim Henry at thenry@hsmo.org or 314-951-1584.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to 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 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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