Animal Lovers Make a Lasting Commitment to Seattle Humane
Seattle residents Sandra Lynn Perkins and Jeffrey Karl Ochsner represent that rare "grand slam" of support for Seattle Humane Society: they're the parents of two cats adopted from Seattle Humane Society, they are members of the PawPrints Planned Giving Society, and Sandra is a volunteer.
Their involvement with Seattle Humane shows how easily a donor's love for animals can result in a legacy gift to support Seattle Humane's important work.
The couple has been supporting Seattle Humane since 1993. In October 2002, they adopted two sister kitties, Summer and Autumn, whose names were inspired by their coloring that looked like the changing leaves of the trees around the shelter. The kitties, now 16 ½, along with their brother, Lionel, adopted from another local animal shelter in 2009, have truly found their forever home with Sandra and Jeffrey.
In 2011, Sandra and Jeffrey made an even greater impact on the future of animal welfare by naming Seattle Humane in their wills and becoming PawPrints Society members.
A year later, Sandra, an estate planning attorney with offices in downtown Seattle, became a volunteer member of Seattle Humane's Blue Ribbon Planned Giving Council, a group of estate planning professionals who offer advice to Seattle Humane Society on planned giving activities and issues.
"Through my work on the Council," Sandra says, "I have learned so much more about Seattle Humane's work, including its Lifesaver Program, which rescues animals from death row at other shelters; the record number of adoptions in 2012; and the partnership with Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine that brings vet students to the shelter for two-week rotations. I'm more impressed than ever before with what Seattle Humane does for the community."
Sandra encourages Seattle Humane supporters who are considering a deferred gift to consider designating Seattle Humane as the beneficiary of a retirement plan.
"Designating The Humane Society for Seattle/King County as the beneficiary of a retirement plan is a really effective way to ensure that 100 cents on the dollar goes to Seattle Humane. No taxes are owed when the plan proceeds are paid out, and a lawyer isn't needed to create the gift. In contrast, when family members are named as beneficiaries of a retirement plan, they may owe both income and estate taxes on the proceeds," she says.