Pet Bequest Program

Serenity | A Safe Haven | Pet Bequest Program

While some pet owners establish “pet trusts” or name a caregiver for their animals, others are not fortunate enough to know someone they can trust to carry out their pets’ best interests. The Animal League is happy to assist in these situations, but pet owners need to plan for this early. We will accept your pets through our pet bequest program and work toward finding them a forever home.

All animals bequeathed to TAL will be put up for adoption, and we will follow our rigorous adoption procedure. Rest assured, we will go the extra mile to match your pet(s) temperament and requirements with an adoptive family’s lifestyle. We will make every attempt to alleviate problems from stress and anxiety your pet may encounter while in an adoption center environment.

Our pet bequest program is limited to dogs and cats; we cannot accept other animals into the program. Pets must be current on vaccinations and have veterinary records kept with other important papers. Pets must be spayed or neutered. If they are not, they will be altered before adoption. TAL will care for an animal as long as they are mentally healthy or until they are adopted.

Because we cannot predict the needs of your pet at the time we receive them, we ask that you include the following minimum donation* per pet:

  • Felines: $2,500
  • Canines: $5,000

Your attorney can assist with incorporating the bequest into your estate plan, and we are happy to work with you and your attorney to accomplish this. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We also ask that you contact us once your estate plan is finished so that we know your pet could be bequeathed to us at a later date. We would like to communicate with you at least annually to ensure your plans remain the same. You may also complete our online owner surrender form listing “Pet Bequest Program” as the reason for the future surrender.

We offer a variety of other planned giving opportunities and naming opportunities, should you like see your legacy live on through the great services we provide to our community’s animals.

Please contact us for more information.

*Pets who will require major veterinary care in order to be placed for adoption may require up to $6,000 for felines and $10,000 for canines.