Planned Giving

Make Lifesaving Part of Your Legacy

By planning a future gift to PAWS through your will, trust or other financial plan, your lasting impact will be felt everywhere: every family made complete with a newly adopted pet, every ailing animal nursed back to health, every struggling pet owner who finds a lifeline at our clinic, every litter of orphaned kittens surviving against the odds, and every dog and cat rescued from danger.

With your support, we will continue to transform Philadelphia.

In the 12 years since we began rescuing homeless pets and preventing others from entering shelters in the first place, shelter admissions have been cut nearly in half and the survival rate has climbed from 11% to 86%. Philadelphia is now on the brink of becoming one of the largest no-kill cities in the United States. As our goal draws closer, we are also planning ahead for the task of sustaining it indefinitely. Make this extraordinary achievement a part of your future plans.

PAWS' Legacy Society

Through our Legacy Society, we celebrate and honor visionary donors who want to help PAWS secure a future where every savable pet in Philadelphia is guaranteed a home. Becoming a member only requires informing us of your intentions. Your gift will be confidential and you need not share the specific details of your estate plans with PAWS, unless you wish to do so.

If you have already included PAWS in your will or estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you and welcome you as a member of our Legacy Society, by offering:

  • Special Legacy Society newsletters twice per year
  • Invitations to special events and tours, including free or specially priced tickets
  • Conference calls with PAWS’ executive director to learn the latest happenings
  • Recognition in PAWS’ annual report (if you wish)

How to Leave a Gift

To make a bequest to PAWS, you may use the following language.
I give, devise and bequeath to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with its principal offices at 100 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (the sum of $____) (all or ____% of my residual estate) to be used for its general purposes.

PAWS’ Federal Tax ID is: 26-3862631.

Ways to give include:

  • Specific Bequest: Name PAWS the beneficiary of a 401(k), IRA, marketable securities, or cash.
  • Residuary Bequest: Designate PAWS to receive all or a portion of the remainder of your estate once all specific bequests (to family and friends) have been satisfied.
  • Contingent Bequest: You may choose to designate PAWS to receive assets in case your primary beneficiaries (family and friends) predecease you.

Donations to PAWS, a 501(c)3 organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your attorney, estate planner, or tax professional can advise you on the tax benefits and savings associated with making a bequest to PAWS.

Questions? Contact us at 215-298-9680 ext. 15 or

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