Estate Planning

Create a legacy

Austin Pets Alive! honors individuals who have included Austin Pets Alive! in their estate planning.  With APA! in your estate planning, you will create a legacy that will last for generations and create a better future for unwanted and forsaken pets.

Legacy gifts will enable Austin Pets Alive! to achieve long-term financial stability and sustainability. Almost everyone has the ability to create a legacy gift and for most people, it’s the largest gift they can make.  There are many forms of legacy gifts that are easy to create.

We hope you’ll join our Continuing Care program by naming Austin Pets Alive! as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance policy, pension plan or charitable trust.  Please talk to your lawyer about these preparations.  For more information, please call (512) 961-6519 or email the development team directly at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Ensuring Care for Your Pets After You’re Gone

If you have pets, you want the comfort of knowing they will be cared for and loved if anything should happen to you.  We strongly recommend that you please remember your pets when crafting your will.  Find someone you can trust to leave them to, and talk to this person so they know your plans.  If, however, you do not have anyone to leave your pets to, Austin Pets Alive! now offers a program called Continuing Care to ensure your pet is taken care of.  (Learn more about the importance of this program here)

Through the Continuing Care program, those who leave a bequest to APA! can make plans for the lifetime care of their pets should their pets survive them.  When an APA! member enrolled in this program passes away, we will guarantee a home for their pet(s).  These animals can stay at APA! or at one of our foster homes until a new, permanent home can be found for them.

The steps to follow to enroll in the program are simple.

Step 1:  Enroll in the program.  You can do this by calling APA! at (512) 961-6519 or emailing the development team directly at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Step 2:  Prepare or alter your will to include APA!.Make sure you include sufficient resources to cover the long-term care of your companions, including funds to cover emergency medical care should that become necessary. Remember, APA! is a no-kill rescue.  Animals are therefore not put to sleep unless they are suffering and beyond care.  While many animals are adopted quickly, some are with us for quite a while.  Older pets or those with medical or behavior-based special needs can take quite a lot of time to place into new homes.  A general rule of thumb is to include a minimum of $5,000 for each of your pets.  This will provide for their care and leave enough resources to provide for any emergencies that might arise.  One way to accomplish this goal is to take out a life insurance policy and list APA! as the beneficiary.  This ensures the resources will be available for your pets if they are ever needed.

Step 3:  Send APA! a copy of your will.  We will keep it on file with your enrollment information.  This will help us ensure the resources left to us may be accessed easily should they be needed.

Step 4:  APA! will send you a card to keep in your wallet indicating that if anything should happen to you, your animals are to be taken directly to our shelter.  Place this card in your wallet and inform your friends and family that you have made these preparations.

In the event that you leave pets behind, this will guarantee a prompt and easy admission at the shelter.  Preparing for the continued care of your pets is an important part of being a pet guardian.

Austin Pets Alive! is pleased to provide a safe and loving place for your pets should the time come that it is needed.