What Will Your Legacy Be?

For over 130 years, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) has been a champion for companion animals. As a private, non-profit organization, KHS receives no city, state or federal funding, nor are we affiliated with other humane organizations.

The decision to include KHS in your estate plans shows a sincere commitment to the future care of pets in our community and a desire for your legacy of love and caring to continue for years to come.

FreeWill: A Free Resource to Protect Your Pets

We’ve partnered with FreeWill to make it easier than ever to create your legacy with KHS. Using this online tool, you can write a free will in 20 minutes or less and include the necessary language to support pets throughout Kentucky for years to come.

Get started on your free will here.

Other ways to include KHS in your will.

Tax Information

Legal Name: Kentucky Humane Society Animal Rescue League, Inc.
Administrative Address: Development Department, 1000 Lyndon Lane Suite B, Louisville, KY 40222
Tax ID #: 61-0463938
Type of organization: 501(c)(3)

Lifelong Friends Legacy Society

Please consider becoming a member of our Lifelong Friends program and designate KHS as a beneficiary of a planned gift. Future generations and programs depend on the important decisions you make today. Supporters who provide for the future of KHS by naming us in their estate plans are recognized as members of an exclusive group called Lifelong Friends. How to add KHS to your will.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations to special activities
  • Subscription to the quarterly magazine, Paw Street Journal and KHS Pet Calendar
  • Recognition as a Lifelong Friend
  • Personal VIP tour of any of our facilities, including our East Campus, S.N.I.P. Clinic, Sam Swope Pet Retreat or Willow Hope Farm
  • Enrollment in the Pet Guardianship Program, if requested (information below).

If you have already included KHS in a bequest or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know (PDF). Your willingness to be listed as a member of our Lifelong Friends Legacy Society encourages others to follow your example. We acknowledge and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but we urge you to notify us of your plans on a confidential basis, as it allows KHS to plan for the future.

Please contact Kristin Binkowski at 502-515-3147 or kbinkowski@kyhumane.org  for more information.

KHS Pet Guardianship Program

The relationship we have with our pets is a very special one. One of the most loving things we can do for our pets is to make arrangements for their well-being when we are no longer able to provide care. Planning for life’s uncertainties will bring you peace of mind for your pet(s) future.

The Pet Guardianship Program is an exclusive benefit for members of KHS’s Lifelong Friends Society, which is open to anyone who includes KHS in their estate plans. KHS will be there for your pet(s) when you no longer can.

Please contact Kristin Binkowski at 502-515-3147 or kbinkowski@kyhumane.org for more information about enrolling in the Pet Guardianship Program.

Types of Planned Gifts:

Appreciated Securities – A gift of stocks, bonds and mutual funds is a great way to support our mission while donors can write off the gift and avoid paying capital gains taxes on the stock gains. Download our Stock Transfer Instruction Form (PDF)

Bequest  – Include KHS in your will or revocable trust – a simple, flexible way to continue helping animals.

Charitable Gift Annuity – make a gift of cash, securities, or real estate, and receive fixed payments for life along with partly tax-free income and a charitable deduction the year the gift was made.

Charitable Lead Trust – Make a significant gift to KHS now with a reduced gift or estate tax, while passing on appreciated assets to your loved ones.

Charitable Remainder Trust – Great tool for selling assets tax-free and receiving income for your or a loved one for life. The remaining assets go to charity.

Life Insurance – Donate a paid policy, deduct future premium payments or name KHS as a beneficiary of your policy. An easy and inexpensive way to make a lasting gift for animals.

Retirement Assets and IRA Gifts – Funds to KHS are tax-free while family members will be taxed. Name KHS as a beneficiary of your pension or IRA and 100% of your gift will benefit animals in our care.

Required Minimum Distribution and Qualified Charitable Donations  – Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) while saving taxes and animals. The IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.

Let Us Recognize Your Generosity

All of the above gift plans will help to ensure the future success of KHS. The Lifelong Friends Society is our way of recognizing and thanking you for your thoughtful gift.

If you have already include KHS in a bequest or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know. Please download our Lifelong Friends Confidential Membership Form (PDF) and return it once you have made the decision to include KHS in your estate plans.

Your willingness to be recognized also encourages others to consider a similar act of kindness. We naturally respect the wishes of those who prefer to remain anonymous.

A Remarkable Journey Helping Animals

Julie and Gary Bowman are on a journey to help animals in Kentucky. From Monroe County to Jefferson County, the Bowmans have recognized a need to fund animal welfare initiatives in our state.

The Bowmans recently founded the Monroe County Animal Welfare program in southern Kentucky, where Gary was raised. During visits to the area, Julie and Gary were concerned with the number of stray dogs in this small farming community. They found Ruby, a six-week-old puppy with two broken legs, during one of these visits and brought her to KHS.

After making a financial contribution toward this new program, the Bowmans looked to KHS for guidance. KHS President & CEO Lori Redmon and Vice President of Animal Welfare Karen Koenig advised leaders in Monroe County how to create a spay/ neuter program and other proactive measures to save lives. This is just one of the ways KHS supports rural animal shelters.

The Bowmans also decided to help animals by including KHS in their estate plans. “One of the reasons we wanted to include KHS in our estate plan is because we recognize the need to save and protect homeless animals. From personal experience (we rescued three litters of puppies from southern Kentucky and brought them to KHS), we are confident that KHS will always put the needs of the animals in their care first,” said Gary.

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The information is not intended as specified legal advice. Consult your attorney when considering any legal matter.

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