Estate Planning—A Legacy of Your Lifetime

You can make a difference for the long-term support of WHS. After taking care of your family through your will or living trust, consider leaving a gift to WHS.


Your legacy of dollars, real or personal property, stocks & bonds, insurance, and other gifts can dramatically improve the lives of thousands of animals and enhance the quality of life of those who adopt them.

A bequest to the Willamette Humane Society is a beautiful way to express your support and commitment to pets and people as part of your legacy.  Preparing your will ensures that your assets are passed on according to your wishes.

Many of our friends have donated property, insurance, stocks and bonds, and estate dollars to Willamette Humane Society.

Types of Gifts You May Give


A gift made by will or living trust can be simple to arrange. A provision or amendment prepared by your attorney at the time you make or update your will or trust is all that is necessary. Gifts via wills and living trusts are popular because they are easy to arrange and may be changed at any time you choose. A bequest may be in the form of cash, real estate, a percentage of your estate, life insurance policies, or annuities. See list of sample language for including WHS in your will. (Please consult a professional for assistance on this option).

Charitable Trusts

With their combination of charitable support, income to one or more beneficiaries and tax savings, Charitable Trusts are useful in estate planning.  This may be the option for you if you are looking to reduce your capital gains tax. (Please consult a professional for assistance on this option).

Life Estate

Through the life estate agreement, you deed the property to WHS and retain the right to continued use of the property for the rest of your life or the rest of your spouse’s life.  At the end of your lifetime, WHS then receives full ownership of the property. (Please consult a professional for assistance on this option).

Life Insurance

A gift of a life insurance policy, with WHS named as beneficiary of the policy, can be a particularly effective way for you to make a gift to us. An existing policy whose original intent has ceased to exist, or a newly purchased policy could be given to Willamette Humane Society. (Please consult a professional for assistance on this option).

Humane Legacy Society

The Humane Legacy Society gives recognition, when permitted, when you have informed us of your intent to include Willamette Humane Society in your estate planning.  For more information on this program, please contact the Development department at 503-585-5900 ext.323.

Guardian Angel Program

If you have pets and are concerned about where they will go after you are gone, this is the program that can give you peace of mind. When you include WHS in your estate plans, we will provide for your pets after you are gone.  We will work to find the best possible home for your pet(s), and ensure that your best friends can live in the comfort and care they deserve.

If you would like to discuss these or any other giving options, please contact the Development Department at (503) 585-5900, ext. 305, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).