Estate Planning & Pets

pet tributes

Through the years, our beloved pet(s) have provided us with companionship, comfort and love. By making a bequest or other planned gift to the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA), Arizona's oldest and largest "no-kill" shelter, you will continue to save the lives of homeless animals for years to come. AAWL & SPCA is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 23-7149453. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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Some of the Ways to Help Include:

  • Naming AAWL & SPCA as a beneficiary in a will or living trust
  • Establish a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)
  • Naming AAWL & SPCA as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account
  • Donating to our Endowment Fund

By remembering AAWL & SPCA in your plans, you will become a member of the Legacy League program. For information on our Angels For Animals program, a way to care for your companion animals if you predecease them or about joining the Legacy League please contact us at or call Donor Relations at 602 273-6852 x 106. Or you can click here to print out our Legacy League Membership Application or Legacy League informational flyer.

Bequest Options & Sample Attorney Language

Your attorney or financial advisor can work with you to include AAWL & SPCA in your will, trust, or codicil.

Below is specific language that you and your attorney can use to remember AAWL & SPCA in your will. Bequest options include:

Specific Bequest: States a specific dollar amount, percentage of your estate, or property to AAWL & SPCA. Sample language to get you started: “I give, devise and bequeath ____% of my estate (or specific assets) for the benefit of AAWL & SPCA, 25 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, FEIN 23-7149453, to be used for its general purposes.

Residuary Bequest: Made when you intend to leave the residue portion of your assets after other terms of the will have been satisfied. Sample language: “All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to AAWL & SPCA, 25 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, FEIN 23-7149453, to be used for its general purposes.”

Contingency Bequest: Allows you to leave a portion of your estate to AAWL & SPCA if your named beneficiary does not survive you. Sample language: “If (beneficiary) does not survive me, I devise and bequeath my residuary estate to AAWL & SPCA, 25 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, FEIN 23-7149453, to be used for its general purposes.”

Restricted Bequest: Allows you to designate how your gift to AAWL & SPCA will be used, such as to name an endowment or to support a specific purpose, such as the MDPetCare Clinic.

Other Gifts: You can leave real estate, IRA’s, insurance policies, and personal property. Gift annuities and stock are also considered planned gifts and may offer substantial tax advantages. Trusts may provide life income while ultimately benefiting AAWL & SPCA.

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