Bequests & Perpetuity Care


Thank you for considering Leashes End Senior Pet Sanctuary & Rescue in your estate planning!

A bequest in your will or trust is a wonderful way to support your favorite causes and leave a legacy of compassion. A bequest to Leashes End helps us provide a loving home and gold-star care to so many senior and special needs cats and dogs who have lost their homes and families at a time in their lives when they are most vulnerable.

When it comes to charitable giving, bequests offer many benefits, and no other planned gift is as simple to implement or as easy to change. You maintain the use, benefit, enjoyment, and control of your assets for as long as you need them, for as long as you live.Some notable advantages include:

• A bequest does not affect you financially during your lifetime.
• You may make adjustments to your will or trust if circumstances change.
• Your loved ones will not be overlooked because you can specify the amount given to each party.
• A charitable bequest or trust distribution may be deductible for federal estate tax purposes and may also
be exempt from state inheritance taxes. (You should consult with your estate attorney or tax preparer for your specific circumstances.)
• Bequests are versatile.A bequest can be a specific sum, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate after expenses and gifts to loved ones. Bequests can include cash, securities, real estate, houses, and personal property.You can even name Leashes End as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy!

To bequeath a charitable gift to Leashes End, ask your attorney to incorporate the following or similar suggested language into your will:

I give to Leashes End Senior Pet Sanctuary & Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, federal tax identification number 81-5295214, currently located at 5622 Lake Christopher Drive, Rockville, MD 20855, the sum of

dollars (or %) (or, if insurance policies, land or other property, please describe). This gift is unrestricted, and may be designated at the discretion of the board of directors.

Thank you again for considering Leashes End Senior Pet Sanctuary & Rescue in your estate planning!

Perpetuity care

 What will happen to your pets if they outlive you?  We frequently address this question with donors and supporters of Leashes End. Many have asked us about the possibility of entrusting their pet(s) to our care in such a situation.

This comes as no surprise to us.  Many of our senior pets suddenly found themselves at the county shelter after their human guardian passed away without a perpetuity plan. According to the ASPCA, 2-3% of all pets enter shelters due to the death or disability of the pet guardian. 

Thank you for taking the time and effort to make arrangements for your pets.  It’s so critically important for their care, yet frequently people overlook it!

Our first recommendation will always be that you try to find a close friend or family member to care for your pet after your death.  Make sure they understand what you’re asking of them and that they agree to care for your pet; name them as your pets’  caregivers in your estate planning; and provide them with the financial resources, veterinary records, and instructions for your pets’ care.  

We recognize that this option is not always available. Sometimes a friend or family member just isn’t able or available to carry out this most important promise.  Therefore, Leashes End has adopted the following policy for those who wish to entrust the care of their senior or special needs pets to us.  

Perpetuity Care Policy

  1. Accepting the Pet.  Leashes End is continually faced with an inexhaustible supply of requests to take in senior cats and dogs.  We are simply unable to take them all in.  Because it is impossible to predict the future, we strongly recommend that you name Leashes End as just one of several organizations for your executor to consider when placing your pets in a new home.  If at the time of your death, Leashes End is unable to accept your pet(s), we will assist your executor in any way we can to find another suitable rescue, sanctuary, or home for your pets.  We will of course prioritize making room for the pets of our long-standing supporters and donors: we will take care of your pets, just as you have enabled us to care for so many others!
  2. Pet Suitability.  For the benefit of all pets taken into Leashes End, it is important to adhere to a few essential guidelines: 
  • Leashes End only accepts cats and small dogs (under 25 pounds) who are spayed/neutered and senior or special needs. 
  • Pets must also be of appropriate temperament (non-aggressive) for living in a group environment with other cats and dogs.  
  • Pets must be current on all required vaccinations, and every effort should be made to provide veterinary records.  
  1. Pets’ Future.  Leashes End does not as a general rule adopt pets out.  Once they come through our doors, we intend for all our pets to stay forever.  Our pets are family and we treat them as such.  On occasion, however, a pet arrives at Leashes End who is not suitable for living in a group home such as ours.  When these occasions arise, we reserve the right to seek a suitable adoptive home for your pet or place him or her with another sanctuary or rescue.  Rest assured, we will spare no effort to find the best possible home for your pet, and make every attempt to alleviate problems from stress and anxiety your pet may experience during the transition.
  1. Bequest Commitment.  As a non-profit organization, Leashes End must continually seek donations to fund its operations. Costs to shelter, feed, groom, and provide veterinary care for the animals in our care are substantial. Moreover, our pets—cats and dogs—typically live well into their late teens and even early twenties! Therefore, it is necessary for us to request that the following charitable donation (generally in the  form of a bequest) accompany your pet(s).
    • Dogs and cats under 15 years of age – $5,000 per pet
    • Dogs and cats 15 years of age or older – $3,000 per pet
    • Dogs and cats with extensive veterinary needs – $6,000 per pet

(These amounts will be re-evaluated and adjusted as necessary at least every two years.)

These donation amounts represent the absolute minimum required to support your pet.  In our experience, we will likely spend more than that on your pet over the course of his or her lifetime. Therefore, we welcome and encourage greater donations as they help us take care, not only of your pets, but of other less fortunate pets in need.

5. Procedures.

    • Ask your attorney to state specifically in your will that you wish to entrust your pet to Leashes End Senior Pet Sanctuary & Rescue.  
    • Inform the executor of your estate, family members, and/or friends that you wish to have your pet cared for by Leashes End so that the transfer of your pet can be accomplished as soon as possible.
    • Please fill out the Testamentary – Provision form provided in Addendum 1 below and send us a copy, so we have a record. Retain the original with your will and your lawyer.
    • Complete the Pet Surrender Questionnaire and Authorization form provided in Addendum 2 below. Retain it on file with your will and send a copy to Leashes End.  This form provides Leashes End with important information about your pet’s name, medical history, lifestyle, preferences, and behavioral characteristics that will help us best care for your pet.  Please also provide us with your current and any past veterinarian contact info and veterinary records, in the case that we have additional questions.  A good rule of thumb is to keep a copy of your pets’ veterinary records with your other important papers 
    • Ask your attorney to incorporate into your will the following suggested language for making a charitable contribution to Leashes End.

I give to Leashes End Senior Pet Sanctuary & Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal tax identification number 81-5295214, currently located at 5622 Lake Christopher Drive, Rockville, MD 20855, the sum of

dollars (or %) (or, if insurance policies, land or other property, please describe). This gift is unrestricted, and may be designated at the discretion of the board of directors.

    • When your will and Surrender Questionnaire are complete, please notify Leashes End in writing of your plans, and include a copy of the Surrender Questionnaire with your letter. This will assure that Leashes End has current information about your pet(s) on file when he/she/they come to us. Please direct your correspondence to: Leashes End, 5622 Lake Christopher Drive, Rockville MD 20855
    • Please give your veterinarian(s) (primary care provider as well as specialists) permission to release your pets’ records to Leashes End and provide us with your veterinarian’s contact information.
    • You are responsible for arranging the safe and comfortable transportation of your pet(s) to Leashes End.  If you are not local, please have your executor coordinate this evolution closely with Leashes End’s staff, as there is no room for error when it comes to moving such precious cargo, especially in the heat of summer or the cold of winter.
    • We are incredibly grateful for and encourage you to support our work to the extent that you are able during your lifetime.  Donations can be made on our website, through Facebook, or by check to Leashes End, 5622 Lake Christopher Drive, Rockville MD 20855.

6.  Questions.  If you have questions or would like additional information on charitable giving by bequest, or about Leashes End, or to set up a tour of our sanctuary, please contact us at Thank you for thinking of Leashes End and for caring so much about your pet.