Estate Planning

Having an estate plan is good idea for everyone. If you do not make decisions about how to dispose of your property after you die, the State will decide for you! We encourage you to consult an attorney to discuss any estate planning decisions.

As you are making these plans, we ask you to consider making a provision in your estate to support the MSPCA-Angell.

There are several ways to provide a gift in your estate to the MSPCA-Angell:

  • A fixed amount of money or specific property (stocks, real estate, etc.)
  • A residual bequest, leaving a percentage or the entire remainder of your estate to the MSPCA-Angell after all else has been settled
  • A life income bequest, paying income to a person of your choice for his or her lifetime after your death, with the principal donated to the MSPCA-Angell at the death of your beneficiaries
  • A contingent bequest, naming the MSPCA-Angell as the recipient should other beneficiaries not survive you

Whichever type of bequest you choose, we suggest providing your attorney with the following language.

“I give ______________ (describe type of bequest here) to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, incorporated in 1868, located at 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02130, for its general purposes.”

Gifts earmarked for our general purposes permit us to use the funds where they are most needed at the time of the gift. If you wish to restrict your bequest to a particular project, we’ll be happy to talk with you further about how your wishes can best be accomplished.

Another option is to designate MSPCA-Angell as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. Like bequests, these designations are revocable during your lifetime. It can be quite simple to accomplish; usually all that is required is signing a benificiary designation form on file with the insurance company or plan administrator. Retirement plan designations are especially attractive because charitable bequests do not result in any income tax due whereas individual beneficiaries are subject to income taxes.

PLEASE NOTE:  The MSPCA–Angell is not operated by or funded by any national humane organization. We were founded in 1868 by George T. Angell, and we’ve been an independent nonprofit organization ever since. No umbrella organization manages us or funds us in any way.  Monies donated to organizations with names other than MSPCA-Angell do not find their way to us.  Many people have been confused by marketing campaigns from human organizations that purport to be “national,” but the MSPCA–Angell is a stand-alone nonprofit.

The full name of our organization is the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center, or MSPCA–Angell.  The MSPCA comprises our adoption center (shelter) operations, our Advocacy department, and our Law Enforcement Department.  Angell Animal Medical Center is our nonprofit veterinary hospital.

If you have questions, please call Raffaella Torchia at (617) 541-5011 or email rtorchia@mspca.org.