Donating via Wills and Bequests


A note from our Founder, Jackie, in regards to Wills and Bequests:

Dear Animal Lover,


There is a reason behind your loyalty to our rescue. The way you feel about senior animals is personal, they play a very Important role in your life. As an animal lover, you don’t want to see senior animals in pain or needless suffering. Our mission resounds with a cause dear to your heart. Together, we share a common interest and that interest is protecting the lives of senior animals.

We would like to encourage you to consider developing a stronger relationship with our organization by considering legacy giving.

Our mission is compelling and the programs we provide are meaningful. You should know that I have personally transferred the ownership of my home and property to Peaceful Passings. Through planned giving from animal lovers like you, we can help provide financial security for the rescue. Legacy gifts have already allowed us to pay off our mortgage, establish a facility in which to house senior cats, and an endowment fund. This generosity has also allowed us to submit grant applications for which we previously did not qualify that gave us financial security and allowed us to expand our services to include the senior feline population.

Through your gift, you will leave your mark by protecting senior animals for many years to come. Your bequest will provide a vitally needed way for our animals and the programs that support them to continue for generations to come. You can make a significant impact on our programs and services

You don’t need to notify us; however, we would be delighted to know if you decide to include Peaceful Passings in your estate plans, simply so we can say “thank you”. We assure you that any information you provide to us will be confidential.


Jackie Meyers, Ph.D

Founder of Peaceful Passings

Benefits of Making a Bequest

  • You leave a lasting legacy to be remembered.

  • Bequests allow you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life.

  • You lessen the burden of taxes on your family, and you may receive estate tax savings. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

  • A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. 

  • You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or a specific purpose, so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as you intended. 

How do I Make a Bequest to Peaceful Passings?

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue as part of your estate plan, and leave a lasting legacy.


There are a number of ways you can make a bequest. We have listed a few of the most common types below: 

  1. Specific Bequest. A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property, or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Peaceful Passings, Inc.

  2. Percentage Bequest. Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Peaceful Passings.

  3. Residual Bequest. A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Peaceful Passings.

  4. Contingent Bequest. A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Peaceful Passings.


Restricted Bequests: If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your bequest will be used for a specific purpose, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give and meet your charitable objectives. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your goals. 


Next Steps: If you are interested in making one of the bequests listed above, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Peaceful Passings in your estate plan. We have provided some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney in this downloadable PDF document. If you have any questions regarding bequests, please contact us and we would be more than happy to speak with you.


Contact us with any questions at (434)-842-3287; Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue, 2856 Cloverdale Rd., Bremo Bluff, VA 23022.; or email us at