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Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoptions Inc. 3238 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA 30144

Thank you for supporting Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue.  Since 2004, we have worked to reduce the number of animals being euthanized in county shelters.  Thanks to the generosity of caring people like you, we have saved the lives of more than 6,500 homeless pets in our community and helped them find forever homes.  

Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue pays all vetting, training and rehabilitation costs necessary to help these animals while at our shelter or in foster homes. We also rescue many special needs animals that require additional veterinary care before they can be adopted.

By making a gift to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue through your will, trust or other financial plan, you can help make sure our good work continues far into the future. When you incorporate charitable giving in your estate planning, you gain personal satisfaction — not only by completing your plan, but also by providing for the people and charities that matter most to you. 

The most common types of planned gifts are:

Outright Gift

An outright gift of cash or appreciated property is an easy and wonderful way to contribute to the work of Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue. Your gift will be put to immediate use, and you will be entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of your gift. 

Bequests

Through your Will or Living Trust, you can donate to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate. Recommended language to use in your will is:  "I give to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc., a Georgia corporation with its principal offices at 3238 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144, (the sum of $ ___ ) (all or ___ percent of my residual estate) to be used for its general purposes."

Specific Gift 

You describe exactly what kind of gift you want to leave to a specific individual or organization and the designated source. If you want to leave a specific dollar amount from a specific source or a particular item (such as a piece of property or a collector's item), this is the type of bequest you would use.

Example - Jeanne states in her will: "I leave my stamp collection to my grandson, Gregory. I leave my beach house to my daughter, Maria. I leave my securities to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue."

Example - Mary states in her will: "I leave $50,000 to my nephew, Stephen. I leave $20,000 to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue."

Retirement Assets

The Pension Protection Act of 2006: If you are 70-and-one-half years or older, you can make an outright gift to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue by transferring funds directly from your individual retirement account (IRA) without paying federal income taxes on the distribution. The gift must be made by the end of the year and will count towards your minimum required distribution. Please consult your tax adviser for current donation limits.

Typically, retirement plan balances are subject to both income and estate taxes. Because Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization, we won't pay income tax on the distribution nor will the gift be subject to estate tax. 

Your retirement assets may be transferred to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your plan custodian. If you designate Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue as a beneficiary, the animals will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate can also benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift.

Life Insurance 

Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue accepts gifts of life insurance either as the beneficiary of a policy or as the sole owner and sole beneficiary. Either way, we can use these gifts to save the lives of homeless pets in your community.

You can name Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue as a primary life insurance beneficiary or as a contingent beneficiary should your other beneficiaries not survive you. After your lifetime, the benefits from your policy pass to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue, free of federal estate tax. To make this gift, simply contact your insurance carrier and request a beneficiary form. Here are some benefits to you:

  • Simple to give: Involves little effort or paperwork
  • Financial advantage: Continued ownership of your policy
  • Flexibility: You can change your mind and your beneficiaries at any time
  • Future tax savings: Removes the asset from your potential gross taxable estate
  • Legacy of kindness: Your gift will help Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue continue its lifesaving work

Example: Years ago, Dorothy bought a life insurance policy to protect her family. Her family no longer needed this protection, so she decided to name Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue as the life insurance beneficiary. After Dorothy's lifetime, the policy will benefit homeless pets through Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue’s work.

Another option is to donate your paid-up life insurance policy to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue. If the policy has a cash value, Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue would have the option of either holding the policy until the maturity date or surrendering the policy to receive the policy's current cash value. Here are some benefits to you:

  • Income tax savings: You’re entitled to a current income tax deduction
  • Future tax savings: Removes the asset from your potential gross taxable estate
  • Legacy of kindness: Your gift will help Mostly Mutts continue its lifesaving work

Example: Art bought a life insurance policy years ago that he now wants to donate to Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue. Since he gave the policy to us, Art can claim an income tax charitable deduction. The total amount of the policy is removed from his estate, and we will use the gift to help homeless pets find forever homes in our community.

Appreciated Assets 

Donate stocks, bonds, or real estate to fund a planned gift and avoid substantial capital gains taxes on these assets. If you donate appreciated securities that you have owned for more than one year, you get a deduction for the full market value of the securities, even when it is greater than the amount you paid. You don’t have to declare the difference or the profit as income, a double benefit.

Please consult with your independent financial, tax, or legal adviser for specific help with your particular situation, as Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue does not provide financial, tax, or legal advice.

Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Mostly Mutts Tax ID number 41-2142032.

Our Mission

The mission of Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. is to work closely with animal control officers and other rescue organization to reduce the number of animals entering into and being euthanized at local shelters.  Mostly Mutts provides housing, health care, training, physical and emotional care to adoptable animals, while we work toward finding them a loving home.  Mostly Mutts is also involved in the community with education and awareness programs.