Leave a Lasting Legacy

animal care sanctuary legacy donation

The generosity and foresight of generations past have made possible much of what our sanctuary is today. For nearly half a century, Animal Care Sanctuary has been steadfast to its commitment to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt animals instead of euthanizing them, saving thousands of lives and making ACS one of the largest no-kill shelters in the nation.

Currently home to some 500 dogs and cats, ACS strives to find well-matched, lifetime homes for the animals with continuing support when needed. ACS adopters and donors come from throughout the United States.

To sustain the magnitude of work required to save a large number of animals is a tremendous and ever-present challenge. You can leave a lasting legacy for the animals through a bequest in your will, a trust, or other planned gifts to help ensure that animals continue to be rescued, protected and rehomed far into the future. A planned gift enables you to make a significant gift for endowment, capital projects, operations or program development while also reducing the taxable portion of your estate. Planned gifts can be constructed to help you reduce or eliminate capital gains or estate taxes, obtain significant income tax benefits and provide annual income.

Life Givers make monthly gifts to ACS, providing resources for day to day operations and unforeseen events, such as rescuing animals facing certain death in high kill shelters, or from hoarders or puppy mills, or providing necessary medical care to animals in acute need. One donation each month can make a world of difference to homeless pets in the course of a year.


Have questions or need additional information?
Please contact:

Rosemary Twomey, CFRE,
Director of Development
Phone: 610 525-2766
email: rtwomey@comcast.net

Many ways to give to Animal Care Sanctuary …

The Gift by Will

Just as you arrange for the financial and personal security of loved ones including pets in a will, so can you provide for the ongoing work of Animal Care Sanctuary through a will. Gifts by bequest can assist in such areas as endowment, capital needs and program development, connecting you with the Sanctuary in a very special way for years to come. A bequest assures you of complete use of assets during life and assures that your philanthropic intentions will be accomplished while tax benefits minimize the costs to your heirs. There are several different types of bequests. A person who remembers ACS by will becomes a part of the esteemed ACS Circle of Champions and is permanently recognized on the website and in each annual report.

The Gift by Trust

A trust enables you to make a significant gift to the Sanctuary while receiving income from capital, securities or other property and significant tax advantages. The unitrust and annuity trust, two of the most common charitable trusts, provide income to you during your lifetime and, if you so choose, the lifetime of a beneficiary.

The Gift of Appreciated Long-Term Securities

These gifts may enable you to avoid capital gains tax while taking a charitable deduction for the full value of the stock.

The Gift of Personal Property

An outright gift of your residence, vacation home or other real estate to Animal Care Sanctuary qualifies you for a charitable deduction. This type of gift may also enable you to avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation of the property.

The Gift of Retirement Assets

Designating ACS as a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan can help reduce income and estate taxes.

The Gift of Life Insurance

The gift of a new or existing life insurance policy allows you to create a substantial gift to ACS irrespective of your present assets or estate, and can help reduce income and estate taxes.

We Thank You

This information is intended to provide general gift planning information only. Please consult with your own legal and financial advisors for specific legal, tax or investment advice before making any gift. We’ll be pleased to assist you with specific details as to how your gift will help the animals at Animal Care Sanctuary.

Save A Life

ACS needs your help to save more lives! Together we can make a difference.

The AnimalCare Sanctuary is a platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating commitment to transparency.
The AnimalCare Sanctuary is a platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating commitment to transparency.


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Animal Care Sanctuary

GPS Location (No Mail):
353 Sanctuary Hill Ln,
East Smithfield, PA 18817
Mailing Address:
East Smithfield, PA 18817
Phone: 570-596-2200
Fax: 570-596-2222

Adoption Hours

Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-596-2270

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ACS Wellsboro

11765 US-6,
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-3687
Fax: 570-724-8116

Adoption Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:00pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-724-3687

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Dog Surrender & Behavioral Questions
570-596-2200  Option 6

Cat Surrender
570-596-2200 Option 5

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