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Legacy Gifts, Planned Giving and Wills

When you leave a gift for HSSV and our animals in your will or trust, or through a planned gift, your love of animals will live on in the years ahead. You will be working right here alongside us to rescue animals, provide lifesaving care, and find them a loving, permanent home – for many years into the future.

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Free Will-Making Tool

At Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), we’re partnering with FreeWill to bring a new gift tool to you, 100% free! This gift can help you prepare for your future while also helping HSSV shelter and save the lives of animals in your community and beyond for generations to come. Access your free legal will-making tool.

Heritage Society

Our Heritage Society members are individuals who have at some time have shared with HSSV, either in writing or by conversation, that they have thoughtfully included us in their will or trust.

As a member of our Heritage Society, you can enjoy a deeper connection to HSSV. Through our benefits listed below, and with our HSSV Experiences that are uniquely offered to our Heritage Society members, we can better share with you the lifesaving work we are performing NOW in your community, so you can consider a particular area of our work in which you’d like to leave your legacy. These benefits are designed to provide you with an overall vision into our long-term plans and what your future gift will accomplish in the decades ahead.

For any questions regarding our Heritage Society benefits, how to leave a gift in your will or trust, or to let us know you have included HSSV in your will or trust, please call Bridget Keenan at 408-942-3006, or email Bridget at

Heritage Society Program Benefits

  • Receive the following Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) communications:

    • HSSV’s “All Things Pawsible” Newsletter for life
    • HSSV’s annual Calendar for life
    • HSSV’s annual Heritage Society Newsletter, sharing our accomplishments, as well as our long-term goals
    • Letters sharing key information shared at our Heritage Society Brunch, if you weren’t able to attend
    • HSSV’s Annual Report via email
    • Instructions on how to subscribe to HSSV’s informative and entertaining Blog
    • Automatic pre-notification of heartwarming Mutual RescueTM video releases
    • Access to download HSSV podcasts/keynotes/webinars, when available

  • Enjoy the following unique HSSV Experiences (specific dates TBD):

    • Annual Heritage Society Summer Brunch
    • Invitations to other HSSV special events (such as our Fall “Tails & Ales” event)
    • Quarterly extensive “Behind-the-Scenes at HSSV” group tours on a Saturday
    • Annual experiences:
      • “Heritage Society Day”: connect with our work at our Animal Community Center, including hands-on animal experiences, meeting with our animal experts, and helping out around our facility
      • “Kitty Experience”: provide critical kitten socialization in our Kitten nursery, snuggle cats in our Community Cat Room, spend time at our Kitten Vaccination Station, and help our “Kitten Support Group” by making cat toys, assembling new foster parent care bags, and learning how to become a kitten foster parent
      • “Doggy Day”: marvel at our Behavior experts’ presentation on Dognition as a way to evaluate a dog’s intelligence and unique strengths, followed by a Doggy Playgroup in our dog park
      • “Feeding Frenzy”: work alongside our Animal Care Technicians, feeding our cats and dogs, and stuffing kongs with treats to provide entertainment and enrichment to dogs in their condos
      • “Compassionate Kids”: shadow a Kind Kids Field Trip or Summer Camp session to see how our community’s children are learning to be caring pet owners through their contact with animals

  • Receive recognition for your caring and thoughtful planning

    • Occasional stories of Heritage Society members in our “All Things Pawsible”
    • Your future permanent listing on our Bequest wall to recognize your final gift

  • Additional Benefits

    • Enrollment in our Pet Guardianship Program, providing peace of mind and a plan (or back-up plan) for your pets, if you have them
    • 20% discount on adoptions at HSSV and our Neighborhood Adoption Centers
    • Planned Giving seminar invitations