The Time Is Now

If there was ever a time to be inspired to take action, now is that time. Your generous contributions have allowed the Humane Society of Missouri to continue offering essential programs during these uncertain financial times. Thanks to gifts from supporters like you, we can give second chances to thousands of animals that have been abused, abandoned or surrendered to us.

Our three adoption centers have seen an enormous rise in intakes since last year. Every time our Animal Cruelty Task Force goes out on a rescue, it has a huge impact on the Humane Society of Missouri adoption centers and its staff members.

An Unsettling Expedition
Earlier this year, we told you how our Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 93 Yorkshire terriers from a substandard puppy mill in Greene County, Mo. Because of your help, we were able to save 90 of these sweet dogs, and we are so happy to report that each and every one of them found a second chance with a loving individual or family.

A Dog Gets a Second Chance
One of those lucky Yorkies was Tessa, who was adopted by Rebecca and Glen Henderson of Tucson, Ariz. Tessa is 8 years old and currently weighs 3 pounds, 9 ounces. She unfortunately had to have all of her teeth extracted because of the neglect suffered during her confinement in the puppy mill. The Hendersons have two other Yorkies, 6-year-old Joy and 13-year-old Nikki.

Tessa is the Hendersons first rescue dog. They decided it was something they needed to do. After bringing Tessa home, Rebecca says it only took one night before Tessa joined the other two dogs in the Hendersons' king-sized bed.

Rebecca works with abused children, so it seemed natural that she extend that concern and kindness to animals. The Hendersons have a son who has served twice in Iraq and has been awarded two Purple Hearts. Rebecca feels the Yorkies have been "lifesavers" and give her family hope that her entire family will be reunited again soon.

The Hendersons can't thank the Humane Society of Missouri enough for all the love and care given to Tessa, and they feel blessed to have her join their family.

New Home, New Name
Another lucky little Yorkie from the Greene County rescue was Bella. When Valerie White adopted Bella and took her on a plane back to Colorado, she says everyone on the plane nicknamed her Sweetie, and, so by the time they landed, that became her new name. Valerie says Sweetie is doing very well and has become inseparable with Valerie's other two pets-85-pound golden retriever, Toby, and 15-pound black cat, Max.

Valerie says Sweetie is an absolute pure delight and she is enjoying every minute with her!

How to Continue Your Support
In these uncertain economic times, everybody is stretching more. And it is precisely at this time that your gift to the Humane Society of Missouri does more. With your help, we can meet these critical needs:

  • Ensure that we have enough staff available to handle the increased number of animals turned in, rescued or found wandering on the streets
  • Support these animals with food, medicine and a clean, safe place to sleep while waiting for that second chance at a loving, forever home
  • Help support fostering that many of these animals need before being put up for adoption

Please consider ways you can help-even a little does so much. Do something important. Give hope. Change an animal's life. Keep a promise. Make a difference. With your charitable gift to the Humane Society of Missouri you can do great things when the need is greatest.

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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