Remembering us in your will costs nothing now, yet provides for the future of the animals in our community and for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Leave a lasting legacy by naming the PSPCA in your will for a specific amount, for a percentage or all of your estate, or for a portion of what is left after you have provided for your family. Contact us to learn more about how a bequest can satisfy your needs while also providing future support for animals at the PSPCA.
Sample Estate Language
A bequest can be as simple as including the following language in your will:
“I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Trustees of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a nonprofit corporation organized and operating under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the sum of $______ [or percentage of your estate] to be used by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. If at any time in the judgment of the Trustees, it is impossible or impractical to carry out the above purpose, the trustees may designate another similar purpose.”
If you would like to support a specific program or initiative, please contact our Development Office. We are happy to provide you with specific bequest language that may assist you and your attorney when writing your will.
Guardian Surrender Future Care Program
If you’re worried about who will take care of your animals after you pass away, our Guardian Surrender Future Care Program will ease your mind.
Plan for your pet’s future and the future of pets in our community
Animal companions add so much to our lives. They give us joy, loyalty and unconditional love. When making plans for your future, it is important to remember to plan for the care and protection of your beloved pets as well. Only you can make the proper decisions concerning your pet’s needs. Failing to plan may put your pet at risk in the future – they not only lose you, but your pet may also lose the opportunity to live out its natural life in a loving, caring home.
PSPCA offers you peace of mind
The PSPCA’s Guardian Surrender Future Care Program gives you peace of mind that your beloved pet will be cared for and loved. It allows you to provide for your pet in your estate plans, ensuring he/she will find a loving, warm and safe home after you pass away. The PSPCA selects a new home based on the pet profile form you provide, and will make every effort to re-home your beloved pet with the best possible human companion. Our professional adoption counselors will use your detailed pet profile form to match your pet with an adopter who is best suited to meet your pet’s physical and psychological needs.
The PSPCA pledges to follow standard intake criteria for your pet which includes a medical and behavioral evaluation so we can create a treatment and /or placement plan that will be in the best interest of your animal. Your beloved pet’s care will consist of food, shelter, medical care, socialization, companionship and plenty of love as he/she waits for his/her forever home. At this time, the Guardian Surrender Future Care Program is only available for dogs and cats, with a limit of two pets per person.*
You can also feel good that your decision to enroll your pet in the Guardian Surrender Future Care Program not only helps him/her, but also thousands of homeless, abused, abandoned and voiceless animals we rescue each year by supporting the work of the PSPCA.
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Recognizing Your Support
If you have already included the PSPCA in your will, we would like the opportunity to recognize your generosity and welcome you into The 1867 Society. We would also like to help you craft a Statement of Intent for your gift, specifying how the gift should be used when received by the PSPCA.
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Cynthia Best, a member of the 1867 Society, has been a Pennsylvania PSPCA friend and supporter for more than 50 years. “I found a receipt from September 9, 1963, taped into an old scrapbook,” she said. “I was 13, and the organization was thanking me for my $1 donation.” Cynthia explained what has encouraged her generosity: “My grandmother donated to the organizations that were close to her heart, and I have that as a guiding memory.” A native Pennsylvanian and longtime animal advocate, Cynthia was naturally drawn to the mission of the Pennsylvania SPCA.
A decade ago, Cynthia really began thinking about the future; not only hers, but also those of the missions she cherishes. She considered the homeless and abandoned animals in Pennsylvania and decided to include the Pennsylvania SPCA as a beneficiary in her will. “I felt a calm and purpose to my life, and that my goodwill would follow me,” said Cynthia, confident that her support will meaningfully impact the future of animals in our region. Cynthia’s partner, Joan, also an animal lover, was inspired to name the Pennsylvania SPCA in her will as well.
Cynthia and Joan have saved more than 10 animals through foster care and adoption. Their rescue family includes dogs Nadine and Lily, and cats Eva, Possum, June, Simon, Suzy, and Ziggy. “A life without animal companions is incomplete,” Cynthia said, grateful for the animals who have touched their lives. Now, she and Joan are comforted that their legacies will help ensure complete lives for thousands of homeless animals.