Legacy and Estate Planning

Who will look after them when you’re not there?

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawaken.” – Anatole France

What would happen to your beloved cats or dogs if they outlived you?

Give yourself peace of mind when you create an estate plan that includes a gift to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center. Joining the Legacy Society allows you to designate the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center as the temporary guardian for any pets that outlive you.

Your pets would arrive at the Center as VIPs and be cared for as friends. Your pets will stay in a volunteer foster home, as soon as one is located, while we search for a new family.

The Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center honors individuals who have made provisions in their estate plans to help homeless pets beyond their own lifetimes. The option of enrolling your cats or dogs in our pet guardianship program may be the best benefit of all.


*the program is limited to cats and dogs

  • The opportunity for you to write detailed care instructions that will be given to your cats’ or dogs’ future guardians.
  • Staff members to pick up your pets.
  • Medical care and vaccines, as needed and appropriate, from qualified veterinarians while your dogs or cats are in foster care.

Enrolling your pet is easy!

The first step is to make a provision for a gift to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center in your estate plan. The next step is to let us know so we can add you as a member of the Legacy Society.

Then, you will receive a pet guardianship notification document that you can use to alert others of the plans you have made for your cats and dogs. You can submit additional pet profiles to enroll animals you adopt in the future. We will care for your pets in accordance with responsible and compassionate ownership practices.

It is important to keep the pet guardianship notification form with your personal records and to notify your family, your attorney and your personal representative that you have enrolled your pets in the Legacy Society program.


With a planned gift, your concern for our community’s homeless pets can be included in your will or living trust, life insurance policies and retirement plans. You can also protect your own cats and dogs with your gift. It’s easy:

Will or Living Trust Options:

  • You can give a specific dollar amount or a piece of personal or real property.
  • You can designate a percentage of your overall estate, which allows you to increase your gifts as your assets increase without revising your will.
  • You can make a residual gift after other bequests are distributed.
  • You can name the Maclean – Cameron Animal Adoption Center as a contingent beneficiary for any of the above, should your primary beneficiary not outlive you.

Outright bequest of money:
I give the sum of $_______ to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center of Great Falls, MT.

Bequest of percentage of estate:
I give ________ percent of my estate to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center of Great Falls, MT.

Gift of residuary estate:

I give the residue (or _____ percent of the residue) of my estate to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center of Great Falls, MT.

Contingent gift:
If _________ (name of primary beneficiary) does not survive me, I give my estate to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center of Great Falls, MT.


You can name the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center as the primary or secondary beneficiary of all or a portion of your life insurance policies. You also can make an outright gift during your lifetime of fully paid life insurance policies that you no longer need.

You can name the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center as a primary or secondary beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the proceeds from retirement assets, such as an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) plan. Doing this does not require changing your will or trust and can usually be completed with a simple form.


The Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center’s goal is to find a permanent home for your pets. During that time, your gift will be used to help pay the costs of veterinary care, boarding, food, grooming and supplies.
In the event money is left over after your pet is adopted, it will be placed in an unrestricted account and used to benefit other animals, the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center or Animal Foundation programs.


In Montana, as in most other states, pets are considered personal property. This means you must identify in your will the person who is to receive them. Many people choose to leave pets to friends, neighbors or family members. It is important to discuss your plans with the person you choose to be sure they agree to take on this responsibility. For members of our Legacy Society, the following statement can provide peace of mind: “In the event that (name of friend or family member) predeceases me or chooses not to care for my pets, I leave my pets to the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center under the Legacy Society program.” Although you may want to specify the names of your pets in your will, it is useful to include “and any other pets that I may have at the time of my death” to prevent having to revise your will each time a new pet joins your family.

For more information, please email: director@mc-aac.org