Wills and Bequests

Planned Giving

Michigan Humane has been serving homeless, abused, abandoned, and injured animals since 1877. It is through the kindness of our supporters that we are able to provide compassionate care and lifesaving services for tens of thousands of animals each year. By leaving Michigan Humane in your estate plan, you help save 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 and create a lasting legacy.

How do I make a legacy gift to Michigan Humane?
Naming Michigan Humane 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 also name Michigan Humane as the primary or secondary beneficiary of all or a portion of your personal or employer-provided life insurance policy.

Another popular gift method is to name Michigan Humane 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 Michigan Humane, 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.

You can also use this online tool to write your legal will, for free. This resource is a result of our partnership with FreeWill, and helps you to easily create a charitable bequest in your plans to Michigan Humane. Get started on your free will here.

I have included Michigan Humane in my estate plan. Why should I let you know?

Designating Michigan Humane as a beneficiary in your estate plan makes you eligible for membership in the Michigan Humane Legacy Society. The Legacy Society is a group of individuals who are dedicated to helping animals in need now and into the future. By sharing your intentions we are able to keep you informed on our progress.

By becoming a member, you will receive the following:

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

What is the Pet Guardianship Program?

As a member of the Michigan Humane Legacy Society, you can enroll in our Pet Guardianship Program. In the event of your death, members of the Legacy Society can rely on us to provide transitional care and find a permanent, loving home for your pets.

Michigan Humane provides this program knowing that not all families are equipped to care for a loved ones pet. We recommend discussing your wishes for your pet’s future care with your family before enrolling.

Who can I talk to about estate giving to benefit Michigan Humane?

Please contact 1-866-MHUMANE and request to speak to Paula Durant or Kristy Mitchell.

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