Even the smallest gift goes a long way to help abandoned and abused animals. By making provisions in your Last Will and Testament, Life Insurance Policy, IRA Account, or Charitable Trust, you can help us continue our valuable programs to protect the animals of Houston. There are some very simple ways you can give, or you can consult with your attorney or financial advisor about some of the more sophisticated planned giving methods, which could include a tax savings to you, such as a charitable remainder trust or a charitable lead trust.
Gifts of Life Insurance
Designate Houston Humane Society as the beneficiary (or one of the beneficiaries) of your life insurance policy. This type of gift is very flexible, and the amounts and beneficiaries you specify can be changed as your situation changes.
When you open an IRA account, you are asked to name a beneficiary in the event you pass away before all funds are used. Many IRA accounts are taxable when funds are withdrawn, but when you name Houston Humane Society as the beneficiary of your IRA, 100% of that money goes to help the animals!
Gifts of Stock
If you have held a certain stock for more than one year and it has appreciated significantly, you can save taxes in two ways when you donate it to HHS. The first savings is by not having to pay capital gains tax on the sale of the stock. The second savings is by taking a tax deduction for the full market value of the stock on the date of your gift.
Gifts by Last Will and Testament
You can give the Houston Humane Society a specified amount of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or anything else you wish in your Will. Sample language which may help you or your attorney would be:
"I hereby give and bequeath to Houston Humane Society, a non-profit Texas corporation located at 14700 Almeda Road, Houston, Texas 77053, Tax I.D. #74-1340341, the sum of $_______." (or describe any other property)
In your Will, you can give any remaining property to Houston Humane Society after your specific bequests have been distributed. Sample language would be:
"I hereby give and bequeath to Houston Humane Society... all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, after providing for the specific provisions of this Will."
If you already have a Will and would like to add Houston Humane Society as a beneficiary, there is no need to go through the expense of redrafting your entire Will. Your attorney can prepare a Codicil with a bequest to HHS to attach to your Will, and the rest of the document stays the same.
Your donation may be for general use by the shelter to help the animals, or you may designate its use for a specific program. You can find out about our different programs here on our website or you may call us for more information or with questions.
Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
By putting some of your assets in a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, you or someone you designate could receive periodic income payments from the trust for a set term or for your lifetime. After the lifetime income payments have been made, the trustee transfers whatever amount is left in the trust to Houston Humane Society. You receive a substantial tax deduction when you set up the trust, and you also avoid paying capital gains tax on appreciated property that was transferred to the trust, such as stocks.
Charitable Lead Trusts
You can fund a trust that distributes regular payments to HHS for a set term of years, after which the remainder is returned to you or transferred to your family members.
For more information about various methods of planned giving, please consult your financial advisor or attorney, or contact our Executive Director at 713-341-3302, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering the Houston Humane Society for your planned giving. We want to share with you that the Houston Humane Society receives no funding from the city, the county, the state, or from any national animal welfare organizations. We have always depended solely on donations from local people who care about animals and care about the work we continue to do in the greater Houston area and surrounding counties.
Commemorate a special event such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding, a pet’s birthday or life with a leaf on our Tree of Life. A beautiful leaf will be engraved with your special message and will be permanently displayed in the shelter. Please fill out the form and submit it to us.
Immortalize a pet, a friend, a family member, or an event with a brick on our Road to Recovery. A beautiful stainless steel 'brick' will be engraved with your special message and be permanently displayed in the Wellness Center Clinic. Help HHS pave the Road to Recovery for sick and abused animals. The order form can be found here.
You can remember or honor a loved one - pet or person - and help fund our adoption building and education center by purchasing a special Houston Humane Society Tribute Brick or Block. Click here for the order form.
You can remember or honor a loved one - pet or person - and help fund our new adoption and education center by purchasing a special plaque in the Canine Condo. The Plaques are located around the outside of the Canine Condo located in the Adoption Building. Click here for the order form.
You can remember or honor a loved one - pet or person - and help fund our adoption and education center by purchasing a special plaque in the Kitty Kat Kondo. The Plaques are located around the outside of the Kitty Kat Kondo located in the Adoption Building. Click here for the order form.
Donate Your Car
You can support the Houston Humane Society by donating a car, truck, van, RV, boat etc. Your gift provides the crucial support that the Houston Humane Society needs to continue our mission. Your vehicle gift is tax deductible and if you itemize your return, your vehicle will be picked up for free from your home or office. Call 877-676-PETS to learn more about or donate here to help!
The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those brought to us for care. We receive no federal, state, or local government funding and rely solely on donations, program services, and special events. HHS is committed to creating awareness of animal welfare throughout the Houston community by providing numerous programs for Houston area residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, animal crimes investigations, and Houston's best high volume, low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.
Other Ways to Give
There are so many amazing ways you can help support our shelter and animals! Please scroll down to see which one is best for you. You can call 713-433-6421 or email us for more information on any of the programs mentioned. Thank you for wanting to help!
Thank you for wanting to help the Houston Humane Society with a monetary donation! Any amount helps and makes a difference. If you would like to make a donation via Venmo please click here, to donate via Paypal please click here, or to make a monetary donation on-line via our website please click here.
Increase your donation by signing up with your company. Find out if your employer is willing to match your donation dollar for dollar.
HHS is constantly in need of in-kind donations of goods and services. Can you help us with any of the items listed in our Amazon Wishlist? Please click here to donate. In case you have something not listed that we might need, call 713-433-6421 if we are able to accept.
Pledge for Paws Auto-Debit
Animal abuse and neglect is sadly something we see every day. Help our animals YEAR-ROUND by using our auto-debit feature. Without any additional effort on your part, you can easily donate money each month to help the animals. You can download this form and submit it to us or contact us for more information on this special opportunity.
Litter for Good Program
Shopping at the following stores helps feed our animals! Just follow the directions below or call (713) 433-6421 or email us for more information.
At Randalls, go to the courtesy booth and tell them you want your Randall's card registered to #899 so your purchases will benefit the Houston Humane Society. Once linked, every time you use your card, a percentage of your purchase amount will be donated to HHS.
Every time someone enters your unique referral code, you'll each earn 50 bonus points. That's enough points for a free bag of Fresh Step® litter!