Legacy Giving

Let your love for animals inspire you as you contribute to the future of the Santa Cruz SPCA. By designating a gift through your will or estate plan, you can save the lives of animals, prevent their suffering, and enrich our community with rewarding human-animal connections for generations to come. Thank you for your visionary support.



Let Your Love Be a Legacy

There are so many ways you can share your love of animals. However, very few opportunities offer the same comfort and sense of pride as contributing to the long-term security of a favorite charity like the Santa Cruz SPCA.

Making a gift to the Santa Cruz SPCA through your will, trust, or other financial plan is a powerful way to remember our shelter, and the animals we serve, after you are gone or while you are still here! Your planned gift may take the form of cash, securities, real estate, or other property. In California, there is no restriction on the amount you may give through your will. Bequests to our shelter are deductible from your taxable estate for Federal Estate Tax purposes — and the savings from a gift can be substantial!

A bequest in your will or trust, designating the Santa Cruz SPCA as a beneficiary of your generosity, is the simplest and most flexible way to support our work for years to come.

There are two types of bequests to consider:

1. Make an unrestricted bequest, and your gift will be applied where it is needed most to achieve our shelter’s mission.

2. If a particular program or aspect of our mission is especially important to you, make a restricted bequest for a specific purpose or program. 

Whichever way you choose to make a bequest, please remember that the Santa Cruz SPCA is not a static institution and the animal welfare issues that are most urgent today may change over time. Unrestricted bequests are particularly important because they allow us to use funds where and when the need is greatest. These gifts are essential to maintaining the overall strength of the Santa Cruz SPCA.

To ensure that your legacy is allocated properly, the provisions of your bequest should be drawn as broadly as possible.

Suggested Language:  I give, devise and bequeath to the Santa Cruz SPCA, (the sum of $) (X percent of my estate) (the following property) (the remainder of my estate). The property comprising this gift may be used to further the charitable purpose of the Santa Cruz SPCA, a California nonprofit corporation (Tax ID 94-6171565), located at 2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95065.

Help With Your Planned Giving

For more than 75 years, the Santa Cruz SPCA has been here to save animal lives and prevent the suffering of all animals in need. We accomplish our mission through the generous commitments of our supporters. Like other charities, we are occasionally mentioned in an estate plan or given a large gift. We greatly appreciate and depend on these gifts to help carry out our mission. Respect for your privacy and preferences is our priority.

With that in mind, we have accepted the gracious offer of Deborah A. Malkin, a Santa Cruz attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Law and an avid supporter of our work. She has offered that, for every California resident whose estate plan leaves the Santa Cruz SPCA a minimum of $10,000, she will prepare the estate plan (including a will or trust) at no charge. Ms. Malkin does not represent the Santa Cruz SPCA and will not divulge any information about you or your estate plan to us. Again, while we’re here to assist you in any way we can, it is not right for us — or any charity — to influence these private and personal decisions.

If you are interested in this program, please contact Deborah A. Malkin, Attorney at Law, 2425 Porter Street, Suite 15, Soquel, CA 95073, (831) 462-9100.

To discuss your ideas and options for leaving a legacy for the animals, please contact:

Alison “Ali” Talley, Executive Director
Santa Cruz SPCA
Phone: (831) 465-5000 ext. 16
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Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

(P) 831-465-5000 (F) 831-479-8530


Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED

Animal Browsing Wed to Sun 11am - 5pm

*PET FOOD PANTRY - Sundays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no government funding, and depend solely on financial support from our friends. Our organization is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society.

Tax ID: 94-6171565

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