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Every gift makes a difference to animals in need.

Your support provides shelter, food and care to animals and families throughout the Upper Valley and beyond.  UVHS is a small, independent, local 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on the community’s love for the animals.

More Ways to Give

Constant Companion Members

These individuals are making a difference for countless lives.

Their commitment to donate each month helps ensure stability for the animals here at UVHS. Their gifts will help vaccinate animals, fill hungry bellies, provide spay or neuter surgeries, and care for pets with serious medical needs. 

Paul & Judy Barker
William Bates
Angelique Benner
Audra Charron
Carlisse Clough
Vickie Davis
Beverlee Donavan
Marisa Donovan
Jay Dunlap
Donna Fontaine
Nikki Grimes
Xanthe Sim Hallman
Anne Pearson
Frederick & Vivian Stebbins
Carrie Hamel
Mary Hynes
Daniel & Martha Langone
Kristin Burch Lehmann
Helga Mueller
Susan Nellen
Garth & Cindy Rand
Robert & Janice Reed
Leigh Roche & Dee Gee Whitney
Peter & Cynthia Swart
Jill Turek
Wenona Waldo
Christopher Way
Tami Palomba
Make a donation in honor or memory of a person or pet and we will send a card to the person of your choice.

Simply visit our online donation page to get started. In the section that says, “This gift is in tribute to a person or pet,” select Yes next to the appropriate option. Honorary gifts are in tribute of a living person or pet; memorial gifts are in tribute of a deceased person or pet. Once you select Yes, you will be able to enter the name and address of the person you’d like to notify about your gift. We will mail a card to them and the donation amount will not be listed.

Gifts can also be made over the phone by calling Carrie at 603-448-6888 x100 or a check can be mailed to UVHS at PO Box 789 : Lebanon, NH 03766

Are you inviting family and friends to make a gift in lieu of flowers in an obituary?

Please let us know by calling Carrie at 603-448-6888 x100 or emailing Carrie@uvhs.org. In the obituary, ask family and friends to tell us the name of the person the gift is in memory of when they make their donation. You can also list the different ways to donate. We will collect cards and send a package to the family member of your choice.

Caring for a full shelter requires a lot of food and supplies! We count on the generosity of our community to donate supplies, which helps keep the shelter running and our overhead costs down. However, there are items we cannot accept. Please ask a staff member before delivering items not listed below.

Please drop off any donations between 8am and 4:30pm and leave them in the front entryway. Do not drop off donations after hours as items would need to be left outside (which can attract wild animals and damage certain products). We also have donation bins at the Co-Op (Hanover & Lebanon) and Hannaford in West Lebanon.

kids with donations

If you have any questions about the UVHS Wish List, please contact us at (603) 448-6888 or info@uvhs.org.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are a tremendous help to our homeless pets! Gift cards to local grocers, office and building supply stores, and other retailers allow UVHS to purchase the items homeless pets need most when they need them.

Cleaning & Office Supplies

55 gallon contractor garbage bags
30 gallon trash bags
Paper towels
Dish detergent
Bleach

Dogs

Dry dog food (any brand)
6 ft. Leashes (bolt snap)
Martingale collars
Kongs
Enrichment Toys (ex: puzzles)

Cats

Dry cat food (any brand)
Toys
Treats
Clay litter
Crystal litter

Small Animals

Timothy hay
Oxbow adult rabbit food
Young adult rabbit food
Wooden toys
Carefresh bedding

Support two local businesses at once!

West Lebanon Feed & Supply has a wish list just for UVHS on their website. Simply add items from the list to your online shopping cart, check out as normal, and they take care of the rest. Click here to get started!

Amazon Wish List

We love care packages! Click here to purchase supplies on our wish list and have them delivered to our mailing address at:

UVHS : PO Box 789 : Lebanon, NH 03766

Do you hold shares of appreciated stock?

That can be a great way to make a gift to UVHS! The process is remarkably easy and is often a tax advantaged way to give. (Please see your financial advisor about tax implications for your particular situation). 

To make a gift of stock, most people work with their broker who will use our DTC # to transfer stock directly to our brokerage account. Please download this form and work with your financial advisor.

dog smiling on grass

To ensure you get proper credit for your gift, drop us an email or give us a call so we can be on the lookout for your gift and provide you with a tax receipt. If you have any questions, contact Carrie, Assistant Director, at (603) 448-6888 x100 or carrie@uvhs.org.

You can name UVHS as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401k, 403b or other retirement plan and avoid significant taxation of the proceeds.

Many plans will allow you to add a beneficiary online by simply filling out a “beneficiary change form.” A gift such as this would benefit UVHS only upon your death.

Some people can make a tax-advantaged gift to benefit UVHS right now! An IRA rollover is a fantastic and potentially beneficial way to support the animals. Individuals 70½ or older may be able to make tax-free transfers from IRAs of up to $100,000 per year to charities. We are not accountants and cannot advise you on your particular situation, so please check with your accountant or broker if you are interested in this often advantageous opportunity. 

Click here to download a sample letter for initiating an IRA transfer/rollover.

If you have any questions, contact Carrie, Assistant Director, at (603) 448-6888 x100 or carrie@uvhs.org.

Consider including UVHS in your estate plans. Your legacy gift will make a great and deep impact at UVHS.

Your legacy gift will make a great and deep impact at UVHS! With an annual average of almost 1,000 animals being in our care, your legacy contribution can and will positively impact the lives of every one of those pets.

There are many ways to leave a legacy for UVHS, and many ways that can be tax beneficial to you and your heirs. On this page you will find a few options that may work for you and your estate planning. UVHS encourages you to consult your lawyer, family members, and other financial advisors when considering any planned charitable gifts.

Betty Farnsworth (left) poses with her daughter and granddaughter at a UVHS Benefit Auction.

Legacy and planned gifts to the Upper Valley Humane Society have a lasting impact on the organization’s ability to care for homeless pets in need.  As a tribute to our founder, Betty Farnsworth, and in recognition of the commitment to animal care and welfare by those who leave legacy gifts, families or individuals who name the Upper Valley Humane Society in their will become listed as members in our Farnsworth Society.

Planned Giving Opportunities 

Bequests

At any age you can support the Upper Valley Humane Society far into the future – without affecting your assets now.
You can show your support for UVHS at any age by including UVHS in your will. Any asset you own, no matter their monetary value, can be included in a bequest (through a living will or trust) to ensure that your estate will be used as you designate.

A bequest of any size helps the work of UVHS and promotes our mission of compassionately connecting people and pets. Making a bequest reduces estate taxes, eliminates capital gains taxes, and greatly benefits the Upper Valley Humane Society. Bequests can be included in the body of your will, or in a simple, inexpensive codicil added to your existing will. Bequests can be established to leave UVHS a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate after all other commitments have been satisfied.

SAMPLE BEQUEST LANGUAGE:
“I hereby give, devise and bequeath _______ dollars, or _____ percent of the residue of my estate (or property, securities, etc.), to Upper Valley Humane Society. (or any successor corporation), with principal offices located in Enfield, New Hampshire, to be used for its general purposes as the Board may direct.”

Charitable Gift Annuities

Income return for your investment in the form of a contribution to UVHS.

A gift annuity allows you to make a contribution to UVHS and then receive a fixed annual income from the donation during your lifetime and/or your spouse’s lifetime. A gift annuity is similar to an annuity that you purchase from an insurance company in that it provides a predictable stream of income in return for your investment. The older you are when the annuity is established, the higher the rate offered. Upon the death of the annuitant, the remaining principal becomes available to UVHS.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

You or a loved one can benefit from your income during your life and then UVHS will receive the principal of the trust upon the last beneficiary’s passing.

A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is the most flexible gift plan and involves two beneficiaries. Income beneficiaries (you or a loved one) receive a set percentage of income for your lifetime from the trust. The second beneficiary is UVHS, which receives the principal of the trust after the income beneficiaries pass away. The CRT allows taxpayers to reduce estate taxes, eliminate capital gains taxes, and claim an income tax deduction. The trust can be established with real estate, cash, appreciated securities, or other marketable assets.

Charitable Lead Trust

UVHS can benefit from income during your life and then upon your passing your beneficiaries receive the principal.
A Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) is the reverse of a CRT. Your Charitable Lead Trust will provide an immediate income for UVHS for a period of years that you designate. You establish a trust in which you contribute assets. You then designate an amount or fixed percentage to be paid to UVHS, at the end of the designated term the remaining assets are transferred to you, your heirs, or to any party you prefer, without being subject to further estate or gift tax. You receive a gift tax deduction upon creation. This is an effective way to transfer wealth to heirs with little or no gift/estate tax liability while providing much needed support for UVHS immediately.

Life Insurance

If current beneficiaries of your life insurance plan are no longer living or do not need the funds, you can donate your policy to UVHS.

You can donate a paid-up policy and receive an income tax deduction of the replacement value or cost basis of the policy, whichever is less. To qualify for the charitable contribution deduction on a gift of an existing policy, you must name UVHS as both owner and beneficiary. One can also name UVHS as a death beneficiary at any point in time.

Transferring ownership of a policy gives you an immediate tax deduction. This is a simple and inexpensive way to make an important gift to UVHS.

The Upper Valley Humane Society is a 501(C)3 organization. Federal Tax I.D. number: 23-7348710. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

The Upper Valley Humane Society is a member of the Planned Giving Council of NH & VT and LEAVE A LEGACY® NH/VT.

There are lots of ways your business can help the shelter and animals. Here are just some ideas:
  • Run a promotion. For example, “For every ______ purchased, we’ll make a $______ donation to UVHS!”
  • Share our social media posts
  • Hold a food drive for the shelter and/or our pet food pantry
  • Display one of our donation collection houses at your business
  • Sponsor our annual benefit auction
  • Sponsor our printed newsletter, which gets mailed to 1,000 of our most generous donors.
    • You will receive an ad and shout out on social media!
  • Sponsor our snow plowing in the winter. We’ll post a thank you on social media and link to your website each time the plow comes!
  • Donate gift cards to our annual benefit auction
  • Provide printed coupons for your business and we’ll put them in our adoption bags to go home with new pet owners.
  • Become a Hearts of Gold member by donating $1,000 or more
  • Provide consistent volunteers

If you would like to get involved with any of these ideas or have a fundraiser you would like to hold on behalf of UVHS, please contact Marina, Assistant Director, at marina@uvhs.org or (603) 448-6888 ext. 114.

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Hours

We are currently open for adoptions by appointment. All available animals are listed on our website. If you see one you are interested in or require assistance through one of our programs, please call or email us.

General Contact

Phone (603)448-6888

Fax (603)448-3593

Email info@uvhs.org

Mailing Address – UVHS : PO Box 789 : Lebanon, NH 03766

Physical Address – 300 Old Route 10 : Enfield, NH 03748

Any size gift makes a difference for the animals in our care.