Second Chance Society

Ensure every animal receives a second chance at love and life by making a legacy commitment today.

A Decade of Saving Lives

For the past 10 years, The Humane Society for Hamilton County has achieved a live placement rate of 98% or higher. As we celebrate this exciting anniversary, we invite you to celebrate with us by making a provision in your estate plan for the animals of Hamilton County and beyond. Your generosity will allow us to continue saving lives and providing second chances to every animal that comes through our doors for years to come.

Member Benefits

As a cherished member of the Second Chance Society, you will receive an exclusive quarterly e-newsletter, recognition on in-shelter signage and acknowledgement on HSHC’s website.

HSHC’s EIN Number: 35-01610723

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    How to Become a Member

    1. Contact for assistance. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

    2. Choose your estate planning vehicle and remember to consult your legal, tax or financial advisor for support in making a legacy gift.

    3. Enroll in the Second Chance Society by notifying us of your intent to make a future gift and filling out our non-binding Statement of Intent.

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    Your love of animals will live on by naming the Humane Society for Hamilton County in your will.

    Language for your will: 

    “I give and bequeath to the Humane Society for Hamilton County, Inc. located at 10501 Hague Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, in the sum of _____ dollars ($) or _____ percent (%) of my estate, to be used for such uses and purposes as its governing body shall deem appropriate.”

    If you are interested in making a gift restricted to a specific HSHC program, please contact

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    Stock Transfers

    Avoid capital gains through a gift of highly appreciated stock while taking a full value deduction on your tax returns.

    For stock transfer and delivery instructions, please contact

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    IRA Rollovers

    If you are 70 1/2 or older, making an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift is a wonderful way to support HSHC’s lifesaving efforts. Make a gift from your IRA of up to $100,000 per year — tax-free — while satisfying your IRA required minimum distributions.

    This giving option is a direct contribution made from your traditional or Roth IRA to a public charity like HSHC, and it’s a great option if you have significant assets in your IRA or you don’t normally itemize your charitable deductions.

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    Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) 

    Different types of valuable assets may be sold through a charitable remainder trust to provide payments for life – or a period up to 20 years – to the creator of the trust. When the trust later terminates, the trust assets can be used to benefit the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

    Generally, the sale of valuable assets through a CRT delays and sometimes eliminates the capital gains tax on any appreciation and reduces or avoids estate and gift taxes.

    Lead Trusts

    Valuable assets may be put in a trust that provides an annual payout to one or more charities for the term of the trust. At the end of the term, the remaining property in the trust is distributed to family members of the creator’s family.

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    Life Insurance

    You can name the Humane Society for Hamilton County as a full, partial or contingent beneficiary of any life insurance policy or you can donate a life insurance policy that is no longer needed outright so that HSHC receives the current cash value.

    Please request a beneficiary form from your insurance carrier to make a gift of life insurance. 

Naming HSHC as a beneficiary?

Please fill out the Statement of Intent to inform us that your will, trust, life insurance policy or other estate planning vehicle identifies HSHC as a beneficiary so we know to expect your gift and can honor and thank you during your lifetime. This document is not legally binding.

A Heartfelt Thank You

Special thanks to each member of the Second Chance Society for making HSHC a part of your legacy.

Dennis Ault
Jane Brennan
Rita Brown
Deb Bush
Susanne Dobson
Margaret Farano
Sharon Grubaugh
Kimberly Ketring
Teresa Moneymaker
Emily Newby
Kathy Nigro
Kathleen Orrison Sharp
Floyd Plymale
Deborah Rosenbloom
Skip Sauvain
Scott Seibert
Lisa Sidner
Catherine Thompson
Steve Verplank
John Walczak
Jeanne Wash
Wanda Weaver
Mary Ann Wheeler
Linda Zynger

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.