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Planned Giving.

A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest. We hope the information below will be a helpful guide that gives clear answers to some of the questions you may have.

By including a bequest to The Athens Area Humane Society in your will or living trust, you are ensuring that we can continue to help homeless animals in Georgia and provide spay/neuter surgeries for years to come.

If you die without a will in the state of Georgia or make an invalid will, your assets will be distributed according to state law. This is known as leaving an intestate estate and Georgia probate laws determine which surviving heirs will inherit your assets.

Making a will is an important way to support our mission for years to come. Because we operate without any federal funding, we rely on adoption fees, surgery fees, and the kindness of people like you.


Only you know the special circumstances of your family members and heirs.  That’s why it is important to discuss these factors with your attorney.  Some things to address include how you want to distribute your estate. Whom you want to be executor and what charities you wish to support.  Below is a typical list of components of a will.  These are just suggestions and your attorney may suggest other components.

  • Revocation of prior wills and Codicils
  • Name of executor
  • Payment of taxes and administration of estate
  • Payment of debts
  • Specific gifts
  • Residuary estate  (any part of an estate that is not designated in a will)
  • Common disaster

If you have a prior will, ask your attorney what to do with it to avoid confusion about which version is most current.

We want to work with you to create a gift that best fits your circumstances and makes plans for the  care of your animals when you can no longer care for them.  To learn more about including the Athens Area Humane Society in your will, feel free to contact us today.

Contact Information:

Athens Area Humane Society
Jane Stewart, Executive Director
1781 Mars Hill Rd
Watkinsville, GA 30677

Telephone: 706-769-9155
Email: Jane@AthensHumaneSociety.org

Athens Area Humane Society is a 501(c)3registered nonprofit. Tax ID# 58-1847318