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It is through the support and love of the Central Valley community that we can protect the lives of thousands of dogs and cats in our area. We invite you to join any of our upcoming events to see our work – through your generosity – in action . If you cannot attend one of our events, please follow us to view up to the minute photos and receive updates on where you can find us, special promotions, and stories about our lovable pets.

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Legacy and Planned Giving

The Valley Animal Center’s Legacy Society honors those who have remembered the Valley Animal Center in their estate plans.

Join our Legacy Society

Joining our Legacy Society by including the Valley Animal Center in your estate planning allows you to enjoy the benefits of a gift to charity while ensuring our efforts to provide our community’s abandoned, abused and neglected animals with a compassionate facility dedicated to their well-being until they can find their forever home.

Remembering Valley Animal Center

Have you ever thought about your legacy – how you will be remembered in 50 years? By leaving a planned gift to the Valley Animal Center, you can continue to make a positive and lasting impact for those you care about most. You will also find peace of mind in the knowledge that, when you are gone, you will have left behind a legacy of philanthropic support for countless dogs and cats.

Leaving the Valley Animal Center in your Will or Trust automatically makes you a member of our Legacy Society. The Valley Animal Center’s Legacy Society was created to recognize those special individuals whose planned gifts help ensure a prosperous future for the homeless animals in our care. As a Legacy Society member, you will have the option of having the Valley Animal Center provide for your canines and felines for the rest of their lives upon your death. Additionally, your name will be etched onto a beautiful marble tile on our Legacy Society wall in our Grand Lobby, unless you wish that your gift remain anonymous and you will be invited to our annual recognition event.

 How Can I Become a Legacy Society Member

There are many mutually beneficial ways to benefit the Valley Animal Center and yourself through estate planning:

  • Name the Valley Animal Center as a beneficiary in a Will or Living Trust
  • Make a gift of cash or appreciated securities with the Valley Animal Center
  • Create a retained life estate and name the Valley Animal Center as a beneficiary
  • Name the Valley Animal Center as the beneficiary of a paid life insurance policy or retirement assets

Our Information

Legal Name:
Valley Animal Center

Legal Address:
3934 N. Hayston Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726-4603

Federal Tax ID:

Organization Status:
501(c)(3) nonprofit

For more information on including the Valley Animal Center in your estate planning, please contact Kelly Joos, Executive Director, at 559-233-8690, Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm or by emailing Kelly Joos.

Bequest through your will or living trust

By adding a bequest provision in your will or living trust, you can provide now for a future gift to the Valley Animal Center. There are several ways to create such a provision:

  • Leave a specific dollar amount
  • Designate a percentage of your estate be given
  • Give only the remainder, or residue, of your estate – that which remains after bequests to loved ones have been made
  • Provide for a gift of specific property – real estate, stocks or other items.

Giving in this manner offers a number of benefits:

  • You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change
  • You can designate that a bequest be used for the general purposes of the Valley Animal Center or go to support a specific program

Gifts of Retirement Assets

Naming the Valley Animal Center as a beneficiary of your 401(K), IRA or other qualified plan is a great way to give. Any residual funds left in your plan when you pass away goes to the shelter tax-free! You can also choose to leave your retirement plan assets to the Valley Animal Center through your will or revocable trust.

There are several reasons to make this kind of gift:

  • You forego both income and estate tax levied on the residual left in your retirement account by leaving it to the Valley Animal Center
  • You can continue to make withdrawals during your lifetime
  • You can change your beneficiary if your circumstances change

Retained Life Estates

Your home, farm, or vacation home can be transferred to the Valley Animal Center subject to a “life estate.” You can continue to live on the property for the duration of the life estate, either for life or a set number of years, while continuing to be responsible for all taxes and upkeep. Once the life estate ends, the property is given to the Valley Animal Center.

Why establish a retained life estate?

  • You will receive gift credit and an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the appraised value of your property
  • You can terminate your life estate at any time and take an additional income tax deduction

Appreciated Securities

The Valley Animal Center also accepts gifts of appreciated securities. After transferring securities to the shelter, we can in turn sell them and use the proceeds as you have designated.

Gifts of this kind offer several key benefits:

  • You will receive gift credit and an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer, no matter what you originally paid for them
  • By making a gift of appreciated securities you will pay no capital gains tax on the securities you donate

Gifts of Life Insurance

One can transfer ownership of a paid-up life insurance policy to the Valley Animal Center. The shelter can choose to either cash in the policy immediately or receive the death benefits later.

A gift of life insurance allows the donor to receive gift credits and an immediate income tax deduction for the cash surrender value of the policy.