While many—or even most—of us have a bank account, this asset is often overlooked when planning a gift to charity. You may have the option to leave instructions with your bank or investment institution naming a beneficiary to receive your account upon your passing. These are sometimes known as "payable on death" or "transfer on death" accounts.
You retain complete control over the funds or assets in the account while you are living. This allows you to retain full ownership and use of your money during your lifetime; anything left over when you pass away goes to help the animals the ASPCA serves.
You do not have to change your will or work with an attorney or an accountant, and there are no fees to arrange such a gift. This arrangement is also revocable; you could decide later to change your pay on death beneficiary to a family member, friend or other entity.
All you have to do is complete a form provided by your bank or financial institution. This is some information your bank might need:
The ASPCA’s full name: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ouraddress: 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128 Our Federal Tax ID #: 13-1623829
The material presented on this website is intended as general educational information on the topics discussed herein and should not be interpreted as legal, financial or tax advice. Please seek the specific advice of your tax advisor, attorney and/or financial planner to discuss the application of these topics to your individual situation.
Approximately 250 detectives, investigator supervisors and precinct special operations lieutenants gathered at the Police Academy in College Point, New York, to hear from our expert staff about topics including animal cruelty laws, forensic investigation, hoarding, blood sports and more. The day began at 7:00 A.M. with introductions from Sergeant Barbara A. Thomas of the NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad (ACIS) and the ASPCA’s Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations, ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group.
This training is part of an ongoing series meant to educate NYPD officers on key issues related to their expanded role and the resources the ASPCA provides for them. This was the second such training so far; the first was held in October 2014. The ASPCA will conduct additional trainings throughout the coming year with a cross section of relevant NYPD and NY City departments.
Our feline friends had their chance to shine over the weekend as actress and animal activist Nikki Reed hosted the third annual Catdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Presented by Fresh Step, the Festival is part of the brand’s Million Meow Mission, a campaign to help shelters and rescues find more forever homes for cats. This year, the Festival’s top film submissions starred shelter cats.
Reed presented the winning film with the Golden Litter Scoop award and $10,000 “kitty” to grand prize filmmaker Alana Grelyak for best original feline short film. Six featured films starring shelter cats were debuted at the festival along with a custom 14-karat gold-and-diamond cat dome ring worn by Reed. The ring is now available on auction and 80 percent of the auction price will benefit the ASPCA’s work for animals in need. From now through February 10 at 3:00 P.M. ET, you can enter the auction and view the film submissions from the Festival.
Last week, a malnourished pit bull mix was found zipped inside a suitcase in the south Bronx by New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers. Thanks to a generous benefactor, the ASPCA is able to offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this horrific cruelty case.
The approximately three-year-old male dog was abandoned behind a housing complex. The NYPD transferred the dog to the care of the ASPCA. He is currently being examined for evidence and receiving life-saving medical treatment.
If you have information about this case, please contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS or going online to submit a tip to via Crime Stoppers' website. NYPD Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips.
As winter storm “Juno” threatens to snow in a large swath of the U.S., we’re making sure we’re ready for whatever this weather brings. If you or a loved one is bracing for the storm, take heed of the following reminders for pet parents.
• Store up activities for dogs and cats to do while you're together indoors.
• Stock up ahead of time on all pet food and medicine your animals may need over the weekend—travel may be much more difficult or impossible in the event of a blizzard.
• Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles or pocket pets.
• Have a coat and booties ready for any dog who needs them. Be ready to protect your pets from very strong wind and cold.
• Make sure your pets wear identification at all times (even better: have them microchipped as well) to dramatically increase your chances of reunification should one become lost.
• Keep your dog on a leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs are much more likely to get lost during winter, especially during and after a blizzard.
• Watch out for ice melts! Snow-melting salt can be very painful to dogs’ feet and can make pups ill if ingested, so make sure to clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth after a walk.