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Planning for your Pets – Guardianship Program

At the Humane Society of Central Oregon, we know that pets are not merely animal companions, they are members of your family.

Provisions for your pet(s) should be included in your will or living trust, just like you would if you were appointing a guardian to take care of your children.
We know that it is not always possible to make private arrangements with family members or friends to care for your pets, and we want you to know that you may designate through your will or trust that your animals be entrusted to the care of the Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO).

HSCO does not euthanize healthy or treatable shelter animals, and takes great pride in placing every healthy or treatable shelter animal left in our care.

How to Enroll

1. Have an estate planning attorney draw up a will or trust for you.
Or utilize our tool:

2. Have your attorney: Name family members or friends, and if they aren’t available, Humane Society of Central Oregon to take your animals upon your permanent incapacity or passing.
The following is suggested language for a will or a trust concerning a pet: I give any pet(s) that I may own at the time of my death to family member/friend. If he/she is unable to provide for my pets, I give my pet(s) to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. I authorize the Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) to evaluate my pet(s) and determine in its exclusive judgment whether the animal is in a condition to be healthy and treatable. I authorize HSCO to place my pet(s) in a loving home.

3. Name Humane Society of Central Oregon as a beneficiary of your will, trust, life insurance, or retirement accounts in any amount. A legacy gift ensures the future of all homeless animals.

4. Complete the Pet Guardianship Program Pet Biography Form for each of your animals.
These forms are available by contacting Becky Stock at 541.382.3537 or First, provide the pertinent documents demonstrating that the Humane Society of Central Oregon is a charitable beneficiary, and then we will provide the Pet Biography Form. The information you supply will help HSCO provide your pet(s) with the best possible new home. This information can be updated at any time and we will follow up with you every two years.

5. Keep a copy of the Pet Biography Form with your will or trust and inform your executor or trustee of the program.

Please note that this program is for dogs, cats and small animals only. This program is limited to four animals per family. More may be allowed on a case-by-case basis.
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.

Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
Open T-F By appointment
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays & major holidays Closed
Mondays Closed with Essential Services
Stray Dog Pickup: 541/693-6911
Appointments, Info, Lost & Found: 541/382-3537

HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
Open Every Day 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon. - Sat. 10am-5pm
Donation Door Closed Sundays
Schedule a Furniture Pickup