Planned giving options

Loving Legacy Enrollment Form
Loving Legacy Cat Profile Form

Making a planned gift

Making a planned gift to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue Inc (4 Paws) is a special way to help ensure that cats, kittens, and those who care for them have access to excellent programs and services for years to come. These donations contribute to 4 Paws long-term financial stability and help fund the expansion of lifesaving programs and capital improvements that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

Planned giving helps you make a charitable impact on the lives of cats while optimizing your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals.

Currently, 4 Paws welcomes gifts established through charitable trusts, wills, and living trusts. The information below provides a basic overview of these types of gifts.

Types of planned gifts

Bequests in your will not only provide a legacy of support for cats and kittens, but may also reduce estate taxes. A bequest can be established easily. To leave a percentage of your estate or a fixed amount to 4 Paws, you can state in your will or living trust:

I give, devise and bequeath [(percent) of my estate] or [sum of $_____] to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue Inc, 11129 W Michigan Ave, Youngtown AZ 85363 (EIN 86-0822208).

You may wish to leave the residue of your estate to 4 Paws. The residue is the portion left over after you have provided for your heirs. You may do this by including in your will.

All the residue of my estate, including real and personal property, I give, devise, and bequeath to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue Inc, 11129 W Michigan Ave, Youngtown AZ 85363 (EIN 86-0822208).

Naming 4 Paws as a beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy, IRA, 401(k), and/or other pension or retirement plan is a simple option for making a planned gift. There is no need to consult an attorney when making these changes, and this option is ideal when your policies are no longer critical to your family’s well-being.

Charitable trusts or gift annuities can be designed to meet your needs and financial goals. Funded by cash or securities, a charitable trust can provide income to you and provide a gift to 4 Paws. The benefits vary depending on the option you choose, how well it is funded, and at what stage in your life you begin, but the advantages remain the same: provision of annual payments to you or another recipient and a reduction of taxes owed. 4 Paws receives either an outright gift, which often provides substantial tax savings to the donor, or the remaining value of the trust upon expiration.

A donation of appreciated assets can help cats and also help you avoid substantial capital gains taxes. Assets such as stocks, bonds, and real estate can fund an immediate or planned gift for CAT. Benefits will vary depending on the option you select.

4 Paws is grateful to you for considering us as the recipient of your generosity. Please contact us by phone (623) 583-1824 or email: to discuss planned giving options or to let us know of your intent to include Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue in your charitable gift planning. Thank you!

This material is solely for educational and informational purposes and is not offered as, or intended to take the place of, legal or tax advice. Such advice can only be obtained from a qualified tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner. Please consult your own advisor when making estate or financial plans.

Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue Inc is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 4 Paws Tax ID # is 86-0822208

Planning for your pets

It can be difficult to think about leaving our pets behind, and that’s exactly the reason to plan now for their long-term care. Developing a lifetime care plan for your pet ensures that the animals you love will always have the kind of life you want for them—even if you’re no longer there to provide it. Finding a friend, relative, or other individual who can take in your pet directly gives you the best option for personalizing care instructions and is often far less stressful for your pet as well. Planned giving donors may be interested in 4 Paws Loving Legacy program.

Here’s what a comprehensive lifetime care plan includes:

Caregivers: Identify people who could take care of your pets temporarily during an emergency, or who would take in your pets should you pass away or become too ill or injured to care for them. If you cannot find friends, relatives, or neighbors who can make this commitment, 4 Paws may be able to assist you as part of our Loving Legacy program.

Instructions: Do you want your pets to live in a new household, go into a shelter, or live out their lives in an animal sanctuary? What kind of special care do they require? Should your pets stay together? To make sure your wishes are followed, your instructions must be written down and someone must know where to find them.

Financing: You currently pay for food, housing, supplies, and medical care for your pets. Those expenses don’t stop when you aren’t here to cover them. You may wish to set aside funds for foster care, transportation to a new home, and/or the ongoing care for your pets.

Animal shelters, including 4 Paws, are often unable to accommodate specific instructions or manage a pet trust or its transfer to an adopter. A qualified attorney or financial/estate planner can help you arrange the plan that works best for you and your wishes. You can find more information about planning for your pets on the 2nd Chance 4 Pets website.

Loving Legacy Program

We understand that it’s not always possible to find an alternative caregiver for your pets. In that instance, the 4 Paws Loving Legacy program may be an option for you.

When you make provisions for a planned gift to 4 Paws, you may also consider enrolling your cat in the Loving Legacy program. The Loving Legacy Program’s mission is to take in, care for, and find a new home for any cat accepted into the program.

Some pets—especially those who are older, very shy, or medically fragile—do not adjust well to shelter life and may not be good candidates for adoption. We want to ensure that we can provide the right care and best adoption opportunities for your cats. We’ll work with you to determine if 4 Paws is the right fit for you and your cats.

To have your cat(s) considered for the program, please download and complete the Loving Legacy Enrollment Form (pdf) along with the Cat Profile form and then fax or mail the form to:

Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue – Loving Legacy
11129 W Michigan Ave Suite 3
Youngtown AZ 85363
Fax: (623) 933-0174

Please note that completing this form does not guarantee that your cats will be accepted into the program. Once we receive your forms, we’ll reach out to you to discuss the options.

To learn more about the Loving Legacy program or other planned giving options at 4 Paws, please contact our main office at (623) 583-1824

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