Recent Adoption Reminds PawPrints Member of Importance of a Legacy Gift to Seattle Humane

Gretchen Berling

Gretchen Berling’s newest family member, Stanley, was recently adopted from Seattle Humane. Gretchen says Stanley fit right in as soon as he arrived.

Gretchen Berling has proudly supported Seattle Humane since 2007 in many different ways. She’s donated pet food and supplies to our community outreach programs, made financial contributions to the organization’s annual fund and capital campaign, and even volunteered to raise awareness of the campaign. Her most significant gift to Seattle Humane came when she included us in her estate plan.

“In writing my will, I wanted to leave a gift for those that have no voice,” she says. “Seattle Humane was the logical recipient of this gift because it has done so much for animals in our region and will continue to do even more with the new shelter. I honor my pets, past and present, with a lifesaving gift to Seattle Humane.”

One way Gretchen had not supported Seattle Humane, until recently, was by adopting a pet. That changed a few months ago when Gretchen and her son, Barret, stopped by the shelter to see the progress of the new facility’s construction. During their visit, they met Stanley, a 2-year old beagle-mix stray who had just been transferred by our Life-Saver Rescue Program from Yakima Humane Society due to a shortage of space. Gretchen and Barret recently lost their beloved dog and hadn’t planned to adopt for a while. That all changed when they met Stanley.

It didn’t take long for Stanley to adjust to his new life. “He is so well-behaved, no accidents and doesn’t even look at the cat,” Gretchen reports.

Stanley reminds Gretchen of how much her family thrives with pets in their lives, as well as how important it is to secure the future of Seattle Humane and its life-saving work with a planned gift.

“For the sake of beloved pets like Stanley, we as a community need to make sure there is always a place for homeless animals,” Gretchen says. “I’m doing my part by including Seattle Humane in my will. I encourage other animal lovers to join me!”

To learn more about how to make a legacy gift to Seattle Humane, contact Scott Fraser, Esq. at (425) 373-5387 or