Planned Giving

Planned gifts are one of the most effective ways to ensure that AWA can carry on its mission of saving lives for years to come. Moreover, supporting a local charity this way can make a huge impact in saving lives in your own backyard into the future.

If you choose to make a planned gift to AWA, you will become a part of our “Legacy of Love” friends circle. 

Gifts of Appreciated Property

Wills (Bequests)

Annuities & Trusts

Life Insurance & Retirement Plans

AWA was founded in 1948 by a small group of animal lovers. These founders raised awareness and rescued and adopted out animals from their own homes. Their dream was to build a shelter so that they could make a greater impact on their mission to save more lives. In 1964, Mr. Ranken left his estate to AWA, allowing AWA to purchase his land in Voorhees for $1. Two years later, AWA founders were able to build a facility on the land, making their dream of creating a humane shelter a reality.

Two decades ago, AWA was faced with a significant financial crisis. We were almost forced to scale back services and close our doors a few days a week in order to survive…a difficult decision considering that for many years, we had been open to the community 7 days a week. Thanks to a bequest made by Mrs. Miller, AWA was put back on the right track and we were able to resume as usual.

If you would like to make a planned gift please contact our Executive Director, Laura Houston, at email [email protected]. You can also become a member by filling out and mailing back this Letter of Commitment.

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See the Impact of Your Planned Giving Gift to AWA

For decades, bequests have been an integral part of AWA's success in saving thousands of our community's pets. Read about some of the individuals whose compassion and generosity have left a Legacy of Love.

Mrs. Carmella Winter listed AWA in her will. “I wanted to leave a legacy of care for the animals and trusted AWA to be there for the animals because of what I know about the good work they do.” “I give what I can to make sure the dogs are cared for, but I know that I can make a meaningful contribution (from my estate) that will allow AWA to take care of its needs.” Ms. Winter visualizes AWA using the funds to make facility upgrades because with “a modest annual budget adding (space) on isn't do-able.” As a dog-lover the mission weighs on her heart. “No dog should ever go hungry. All animals should be spayed or neutered” and the fact that AWA does these two things matters to her.

Doris DeDomenico loved AWA and for years, proudly wore AWA shirts she acquired in the 80's. In 2010, she revised her will and left all her belongings to AWA because she believed in how we lived our mission.

Mrs. Deloris A. La Rue was a former AWA volunteer. When she passed away in 2010, she left AWA substantial funds to help our shelter animals. Mrs. La Rue was survived by her beloved dog “Bobby” who was left with a living stipend to help her new caretaker provide for her dog until she passes away. We were fortunate to know Mrs. La Rue. Many of AWA's bequests come from people we've never met, without knowing how we (AWA and our mission) touched their lives.

Robert Kolman was a night watchman at RCA. Although he lived a simple life, he had a significant pension and left part of it to AWA upon his passing. Because of Robert's thoughtfulness, we were able to build a new and larger on-site spay/neuter and wellness clinic. Because of Robert, we will be able to control animal overpopulation for years to come.

Anne Rausche was a career woman who devoted herself to her pet cats and was a endless advocate for them. Anne left her pension to AWA so that we can continue to help cats in our community by finding them loving homes and saving their lives for generations by controlling overpopulation.