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Dogs Trust Mission:

We hope to give you the right information through our site DogsTrust.com to help you make the right dogs trust decision. 

Pet Plan Estate Planning information 

Estate planning provides a method to provide for those whom we want to comfort after we pass on and to those who are true companions and comforted us. Family members and friends can be of tremendous support but they may also let you down in a variety of ways ranging from minor to serious betrayals.  Pet canine friends, however, have a much better track record in providing unconditional love and steadfast loyalty. It is not surprising that  pet owners wants to assure that our trusted companion is well-cared for after passing on or during times of ill health. By using a properly constructed traditional trust or a statutory pet trust, you can protect non-human family members.

ESTATE PLANNING FOR PET OWNERS PDF  -  A MUST READ COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS... click to view

The DOGS TRUST long term mission will focus on home grown local dog care.  Senior dogs should not be confined to animal shelters where re-homing is difficult. Dogs Trust will work to establish a network of care homes for senior canine friends within the community with senior experienced, caring dog lovers. The trust and unconditional love our dogs give us will be rewarded by continuous care for their lifetime. We at dogsTrust.com will work to ensure local care in local communities is where our individual care matters most. This is the beginning of our journey:

"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." ~Theodore Roosevelt

IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR PROSPECTIVE DONERS TO CHARITIES & NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

Changing philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

GuideStar: Search the database of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits, simple user friendly search reports & reviews: http://www.guidestar.org/

Charity Navigator: America's largest independent charity evaluator, provides free ratings of the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency:  http://www.charitynavigator.org/ 

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) The society is one of the largest animal charitable organization in the world: http://www.humanesociety.org/

Take a Moment To Review Tips For Donors

All too frequently the kind hearted are the victims of charitable fraud. Please take a moment to review the following tips to help ensure you contribute to legitimate and efficient charities.

Good well-run charities do not use pressure to garner support for their mission. They do not need to. Good work and financial health speaks for itself. 

If a caller or an appeal letter indicates that you've given in the past, but it doesn't sound familiar to you, be sure to check it out for yourself. Look up previous entries in your checkbook or past credit card bills and confirm for yourself that you've supported this particular charity before. 

Just because you received some mailing labels, cards or a pen, does not mean you're required to reciprocate with a donation. Be wary of sweepstakes that require contributions to enter. 

Scam artists often use sound-alike names to trick you into thinking they represent a legitimate charity.

Ask the fundraiser to send you written information about the charity they represent, hang up the phone and do some research on your own. Once you feel comfortable with the charity, send the organization a check directly in the mail, thus ensuring 100% of your gift goes to the charity and not the for-profit fundraiser.

Before giving a donation to any organization, make sure it is a 501(c)(3) charity. That means the group has filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), registering it as a U.S. nonprofit and enabling its contributors to take a tax-deduction for their gifts. A quick way to confirm the organization's status is to check with one of the resources  available on DogsTrust.com

Research organization's finances. Make sure it is able to direct at least 75% of its budget on the programs and services it exists to provide. With a million nonprofits in America, you should have no problem finding one that matches your philanthropic interests and will put your donation to good use. 

Never divulge your personal or credit card information to those initiating contact. Once you've done your research, send your contribution directly to the charity you wish to support. Don't send cash as it can be lost or stolen. You will want to have paid by check, Paypal or credit card so you have a receipt of your donation. 

When you send a charity a small donation- say $10 or $25- there is a high probability that the organization will then sell or trade your contact information with other charities. The next thing you know, your mailbox is overflowing with solicitations. The kind hearted can get caught up in cycle because they respond with a small donation to the emotional appeal full of heartbreaking photos. To prevent this from happening, tell the charity  that you do not want it to share your personal information with any other entity. All charity's should, in our opinion, enable you to opt-out of such practices.

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