Pet Guardianships

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  1. Have an estate planning attorney draw up a will or trust for you or visit our Free Will service at
    Have your attorney: Name family members or friends, and if they aren’t available, Olympic Peninsula Humane Society 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 pet(s) I give my pet(s) to family member/friend. If he/she is unable to provide for my pets, I give my pet(s) to Olympic Peninsula Humane Society. I authorize Olympic Peninsula  Humane Society to evaluate my pet(s) and determine in its exclusive judgment whether the animal is in a condition to be healthy and/or treatable. I authorize Olympic Peninsula  Humane Society to place my pet(s) in a loving home.
  2. Name Olympic Peninsula Humane Society 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.
  3. Complete the Pet Guardianship Program's Pet Biography form for each of your animals. These forms are available by contacting Luanne Hinkle at 360-457-8206 Ext. 304 or First, provide the pertinent documents demonstrating that Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is a charitable beneficiary and then you will be provided with the Pet Biography Form. The information you supply will help Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, 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.
  4. 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.