Planned Giving!

Leaving a Legacy - Make your final wishes come true 

Planned Giving

Animal Welfare & Protection Society / PAWS for Life’s mission is to help lost or unwanted animals; to return lost ones to their owners whenever possible or after having them spayed or neutered, place them in good homes; and to educate the public about intelligent and humane treatment of animals.

For more than 44 years, homeless pets — many with special needs — who have run out of time and options have come here for love, healing, and another chance to find a fur-ever home. PAWS is a  No-Kill shelter, we are a 501(c)3 organization and rely on donations to continue our lifesaving work.

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Leaving a Legacy - Make your final wishes come true

Do you wish to provide love and care for pets in need even after you are gone?

When you create a will, you determine how your assets are distributed at your death to the individuals and charitable organizations of your choice. Including a bequest in your will to a charitable organization such as Animal Welfare & Protection Society may be the best way to make a meaningful gift and save specific assets, such as property, securities or real estate, in case you or your family members need them in the future. Here are some advantages of charitable bequests:

  • Wills can be changed at any time. Relationships and circumstances evolve over time, and your will should naturally do the same. With a bequest, you are not actually making a gift until your death. Until then, you are free to modify your plans, removing the worry that you might make a commitment you could later regret.

Aside from the pure joy achieved by leaving meaningful gifts to others, making a bequest to a charitable organization has valuable tax benefits. Your estate is entitled to estate tax charitable deduction for bequests to qualified charitable organizations.

Making a bequest is as simple as inserting a few sentences into your will, such as, “I give $10,000 to [name of charitable organization].”

Since 1978, PAWS for Life has relied primarily on donations to save thousands of animals in the community of Pueblo.  We invite you to share in our important mission. We couldn’t do it without support from our donors. 

Help PAWS save pets today and for generations to come.

It is easy to understand why many individuals consider a charitable bequest the perfect way to make a gift. Without parting with any of your assets today, you can make provisions that will help your family and your favorite charitable organizations in the future. You will be leaving a legacy while having the satisfaction of knowing that your philanthropic dreams and goals will be met after you are gone.

One of the most flexible and inexpensive ways you can make a difference for the animals is by designating PAWS as a beneficiary of your financial accounts. These can include: Retirement, IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) accounts, Brokerage Accounts, CDs, Money Market, Savings, Checking or other accounts that allow transfer on death (TOD) or payment on death (POD) designations.


Leaving PAWS a bequest in your will is easy. Charitable bequests can be included in your will when you have one drafted, or you can add a bequest later by means of a codicil to your will.

Suggested language for a bequest: “I give to Animal Welfare and Protection Society, a Colorado non-profit with its principal offices at 800 N. Pueblo Blvd Pueblo, CO. 81003, (the sum of $_____) OR (all or _____ percent of my residual estate) to be used for its general purposes.” Animal Welfare and Protection Society is a charitable organization located in Pueblo, CO, and exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax Identification Number: 85-0281749

Note: Animal Welfare and Protection Society/PAWS does not provide legal, tax, or financial advice. The information provided in this pamphlet is general in nature and is presented solely as educational information to illustrate charitable giving options and arrangements. You are encouraged to consult your own professional advisors to make certain a specific gift under consideration is compatible with your financial and charitable goals.