Wills and Bequests

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Since 1877, the Michigan Humane Society has been dedicated to serving homeless, abused, abandoned, and injured animals. It is through the kindness of our supporters like you that we are able to provide compassionate care and lifesaving services for tens of thousands of animals each year. By leaving MHS in your estate plans, you are saving animal lives through sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, cruelty investigation, emergency rescue, and humane education. Your kindness to animals will make our community a better place in which to live.

How do I make a legacy gift to MHS?
Naming the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) in your Will or Living Trust can be done by designating a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the residual remaining after other bequest wishes have been fulfilled.

You may name MHS as the primary or secondary beneficiary of all or a portion of your personal or employer-provided life insurance policy.

A popular gift method is to name MHS as the primary or secondary beneficiary of all or a portion of the proceeds from your retirement plans: IRA, 401(k) or 403(b). When you meet with your financial and legal counsel, they may suggest the following language:

“I give, devise and bequeath ________(indicate sum, percentage or describe the gift) to the Michigan Humane Society, located at 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.”

Our tax ID number is: 38-1358206

You may also wish to consider a pet trust. Michigan law allows for the establishment of pet trusts to provide for the ongoing care of a pet in the event of your death or disability. Please consult your attorney for specific legal advice.

I have included MHS in my estate plan. Why should I let MHS know?

Designating MHS as a beneficiary in your estate plan makes you eligible for membership in the MHS Legacy Society. The Legacy Society offers exclusive benefits to recognize special friends who are providing for the care of homeless animals into the future.

What are the benefits of the MHS Legacy Society?

By becoming a member, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Annual Report to the Community
  • MHS newsletters
  • Complimentary MHS Pet Calendar
  • Invitations to attend MHS events with our President/CEO
  • Opportunity to enroll in the exclusive MHS Pet Guardianship Program

What is the MHS Pet Guardianship Program?

As an exclusive benefit for MHS Legacy Society members, you can enroll in our Pet Guardianship Program. While we realize that many people prefer to have friends or family members familiar with your pets provide ongoing care for them when you die, this is not always an option.

In the event of your death, members of the MHS Legacy Society can rely on MHS to provide transitional care and find a permanent, loving home for your pets.

Enrolling your pets is easy. Please contact us to learn more.

Who can I talk to about estate giving to benefit MHS?

For more information about including MHS in your estate plans, please contact Adrienne Kozlowski at 248-283-5634 or akozlowski@michiganhumane.org.

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