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From Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (Walnut Creek, California 94598)

A little can go a long way and make a big difference in the lives of orphaned cats and dogs desperate for a second chance at happiness with a loving family. With planned giving, any individual can impact those precious lives far into the future with just a little forethought.

Planning a bequest involves setting aside a portion of one’s estate in a will or trust for distribution to charitable organizations such as ARF. There are many ways to arrange your bequest, which can encompass your entire estate, a percentage, or what remains after other distributions.

Learn more about how you can leave a lasting legacy to ARF.

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From Happy Tales Humane (Franklin, Tennessee 37064) 

This year at Happy Tales Humane, we’ve had an influx of older cats, (ages 10 and above) originally adopted from Happy Tales who have been returned to our shelter. At this age, they are much more difficult to adopt out and often spend the remainder of their LIVES at the shelter.

The reason? Often times, an older animal brought into our shelter is returned because they simply outlived their owner and their owner had not made arrangements for their care.

Morbidity isn’t something that’s normally a hot topic at the dinner table or a subject we even want to think about, but preparing for the future is something we all need to do.

An example here at the shelter includes three cats — Sophie, Jackson and Bella — all owned by an older gentleman who passed away. His children were left to sort through his belongings and find a home for the cats. He had not made arrangements for continuous care of his cats and, after painstakingly trying to find them a forever home they surrendered Sophie, Jackson and Bella to Happy Tales Humane. Jackson and Bella were originally adopted from our shelter. All three are at least 12 years old and two have heart problems.

If you or a loved one own pets, please consider a plan for continuous care for them should you or your loved one die or become ill and unable to care for them.

Happy Tales Humane is a no-kill animal shelter, but around the world thousands of pets are euthanized each year simply because they outlived their owners and are not adopted after being surrendered to a shelter.

For more information, or for help planning, we invite you to visit 2nd Chance 4 Pets.

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