Today's the Day! Give from the Heart & Give to the Max!

Above: Una, now a happy dog running at Home for Life®

The Most Powerful Thing You CAN do!

This year, find out how far your heart can reach! As a care-for-life sanctuary, Home for Life® is uniquely positioned to help some of the most vulnerable dogs and cats from around the world. Responsive to both local animals in need as well as international rescue cases, Home for Life® is able to care for cats and dogs who are out of options, providing a service like no other organization.

Fall Favorites—Mark Luinenburg photographs fall at Home for Life®

Above: Celebrating Fall! Rory from Wisconsin and Rosa from Iran's @VafaAnimalShelter

Photographer @MarkLuinenburg was at Home for Life® last week for fall photos. He's always curious to see what we come up with for our favorites—maybe the trees for the forest but certain photos mean a lot because we know all that a particular animal has been through.

Dandelion Season arrives at last! Spring photos from Mark Luinenburg

Above: Maxmillion the Dachshund checks out the dandelions at Home for Life®!

In this album are some of our favorites from Photographer Mark Luinenburg's visit to Home for Life® at the end of May when the dandelions were in full bloom; his photos at the sanctuary during dandelion season have become an annual tradition. With so much that doesn't make sense and the world so turbulent, it's reassuring to know that every year, there will be spring sunshine, cheery yellow flowers, and happy animals at Home for Life®.

Real Estate and Investment Properties

Outright gifts or bequests of real property have many advantages, including bypassing capital gains and reducing estate taxes. Gifts of real estate can include a house, apartment building, farm, vacation home, commercial building, or land (either income-producing or non-income-producing). Donors can make outright gifts of real estate now or through their estate, or use the property to fund a charitable remainder trust that provides income to the donor or the donor's children.

Retirement Plans

These can be powerful tools for endowing a charitable legacy to home for life while avoiding heavy estate and income taxes.

Many individuals have accumulated substantial sums in tax-deferred retirement accounts, which include profit-sharing plans, IRAs 401(k)s and 403(b)s. These accounts are popular because the contributions are made with pretax dollars in the assets in the account grow tax-deferred. However, funds withdrawn from these accounts are usually taxed at both high income and estate tax rates.