Why We Give

A Lifelong Animal Lover Gives Back to HSMO
There was Heidi, Andrew, Shotzie, Minca and Gustov (Gus for short), dear friends that accompanied Anne Cilek throughout her life for eight decades. They were all adorable dachshunds that brought laughs, snuggles and companionship to her in her childhood, while she was raising her own family and into her retirement years.
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HSMO Rescues Mother and Puppies From Abandoned Property
Seven dogs, including a mother and four newborn puppies, were trapped inside an abandoned home. One finally escaped to signal for help. Thanks to our expert staff and dedicated supporters, they're well on the road to recovery and loving, forever homes.
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Taking Home Travis
This scared, little stray dog had gotten his head stuck inside a piece of plastic pipe, and HSMO's medical team freed Travis from the pipe. He spent weeks in a foster home recovering from heartworms and receiving lots of love and attention. He was adopted in May and is now settling into his forever home.
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Abandoned, Anna Waited Days for Help
Until recently, a sweet dog named Anna lived in a happy home with one of our neighbors, an elderly woman. But when that woman wound up in a hospital with COVID-19, no one was there to care for Anna.
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Answering the Call for Animals in Need
More than 40 dogs and cats needed help on a property in Bates County. See how your gifts allowed us to rescue them and other animals in need.
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A Happy New Home
In April, the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force was deployed to a property in Ripley County for a report of a Great Dane and several bulldog mixes being neglected on the property.
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He's a Trooper
After surviving horrible treatment, Trooper the dog found his forever home—including life-improving medical care from HSMO veterinarians.
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A Safe Place for Animals
In the overnight hours, five-month old Blaze was put into one of our overnight surrender boxes. Now, Blaze is healthy and ready to find her forever home.
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A New Place to Call Home
With frigid weather approaching, 101 dogs and cats were living outside with little protection from the dangerous weather. But supporters like you made sure HSMO arrived just in time to help these vulnerable animals.
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Creating Second Chances
Your support makes all the difference for animals in need. Thanks to generous people like you, 27 Yorkies found the love they deserve in their forever homes.
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Careful Planning Leads to HSMO Support
Rosemarie and her husband, Albert, lived simply. When Albert passed away, Rosemarie threw herself into her life-long loves of music, dancing and animals. Through careful planning, Rosemarie provided for her pets in her estate along with including a distribution to the Humane Society of Missouri.
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Family Honors Ralph’s Love for People and Pets
Barbara Lowenbaum knew how much her late husband, Ralph, loved his beloved dog, Benny. It’s why she established the Lowenbaum Pets for Seniors Fund at HSMO.
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A Window Into Puppy Philanthropy
Philanthropy means different things to different people. To Laurie Livingston, a longtime Humane Society of Missouri volunteer, philanthropy means to give back through time, money, conversation or through one's actions.
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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.
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St. Louis Teacher Remembers Family Through Generous Gifts
Carol Hohenberger grew up in south St. Louis and, like most young girls, had a deep love for horses. She took English riding classes at the stable next door to Grant's Farm and eventually graduated to jumping lessons. Lessons ended, however, when she fell and cracked some ribs. Even though lessons were over, Carol's love for animals never waned.
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Alitz Tucholko: A Gift From the Heart
When one first meets Alitz Tucholko two things strike you: her charming accent and her warm, inviting manner. Alitz’s warm personality matches her warm heart and the compassion she feels for all living things.
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Dianne Carlile Gives Far-Ranging Support
Growing up in Ipswich, England, which is 60 miles northeast of London, Dianne Carlile was not around many animals. Although her mother did not have the same affinity for animals as Dianne, she did allow her daughter to have one cat as a young girl.
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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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