The happy beagle mix ran across the Connecticut Humane Society’s outdoor playpen as Eileen Cook watched and began to feel nostalgic. The pooch reminded her of the dog she grew up with as a youngster.
“He ran across that playpen back toward me and did a somersault. It was like someone sliding into first base. And then he was upside down at my feet asking for belly rubs,” recalled Eileen, a CHS volunteer of 10 years. Of course, she happily obliged.
Pets like that rambunctious pup remain her inspiration for supporting CHS’ pets now and her decision to do so in perpetuity. The lifelong animal lover said she so admires the care homeless pets receive at CHS that she wants to make sure all pets in need have the same chance for many years to come.
Planned gifts make that possible. By including CHS as a beneficiary of your will, trust, life insurance or retirement plan, you provide a lasting testament to your love of animals that will save thousands of pets' lives. Many planned gift options may provide you with tax benefits, increase your current income, or provide additional retirement income, while reducing income tax and estate taxes.
As a volunteer, Eileen has seen the journey animals take when they arrive at CHS’ doors. She’s watched animal care staff and volunteers comfort those pets and show them they’re safe, warm and loved, and she has seen the medical team work miracles. And, of course, she’s witnessed furry and feathered friends find hope for the future. “It’s amazing to see their transformations,” she said.
She’s seen it in her three cats, two of whom are CHS alumni. She hates to think about ever living without them and can’t imagine how families feel when they hit a rough patch and have to give up a pet. So she’s all the more appreciative of CHS’ efforts to help families in need keep their pets with programs like vaccination clinics, the Pet Food Pantry and Fox Memorial Clinic, CHS’s low-fee veterinary hospital at the Newington location. Animal welfare has come so far in a variety of areas, she said, and that progress needs to be protected. And she’s happy to make that a part of her legacy.
“There’s nothing that brings me more joy than coming home to little furry faces,” Eileen said. “I love knowing that for years to come, the Connecticut Humane Society will ensure both animals and humans can continue sharing that same joy.”
For more information on planned giving, email CHS Director of Development Barbara Naugle at firstname.lastname@example.org