The Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless. A Lasting Legacy of Your Caring…

The Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless. A Lasting Legacy of Your Caring…

Your own reasons to give may be uniquely personal but by making a gift to Feeding Pets of the Homeless® through your will, trust or other financial plan, you can help pets well into the future.

Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless®
Feeding Pets of the Homeless® has established the Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless® to provide our supporters with several options that allow them to establish a legacy on behalf of their families, their pets and the thousands of pets that belong to the homeless. The Legacy Society program offers numerous financial and tax advantages to those who participate and furthermore, can offer donors an opportunity to support Feeding Pets of the Homeless® in ways that might not be possible at present.

To make your legacy giving process easy, Feeding Pets of the Homeless has partnered with FreeWill to help you update or start your estate plan today. This online will-writing resource takes 20 minutes to use and helps you create your legal will and establish your legacy with Feeding Pets of the Homeless at no immediate cost.  Start your free plans today and kickstart your legacy with Feeding Pets of the Homeless!

What is Legacy Giving?

Many people believe that the only way to support Feeding Pets of the Homeless® financially is through outright gifts of cash or other property that they currently have. While current donations are vital to Feeding Pets of the Homeless®’ survival, they are not the only way to give. Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless® is a unique and often overlooked tool that not only allows our supporters to ensure that Feeding Pets of the Homeless®’ work will continue into the future, but also helps them to fulfill both their charitable and financial objectives.

Legacy gifts include, but are not limited to:

• Bequests included in wills
• Living trusts
• Other types of trusts
• Gifts of life insurance
• Gifts of retirement plan assets
• Charitable gift annuity

These gifts could take the form of cash, stock, bonds, personal property, life insurance and real estate.
You should consult with your legal and financial advisors if you are interested in participating in the program.

Beneficiaries designation tool:
If you have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, or any additional accounts, these are called “non-probate assets” and they need to be planned for separately, outside of your will. Using FreeWill’s online tool, you can log all of your assets, name Feeding Pets of the Homeless as a beneficiary to strengthen our mission, and receive printable instructions on how to update your wishes.

Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless®

These Legacy Society for Feeding Pets of the Homeless® members have included a bequest to Feeding Pets of the Homeless® in their estate planning in the will, insurance policy or trust. Their generosity is the catalyst for Pets of the Homeless’ growth, and their actions inspire others to care, connect and engage.

Have you already named Feeding Pets of the Homeless in your estate plan? Please fill out this form to record your bequest so we can update our records and thank you for supporting our vision of a world where all people and their pets receive the love, dignity and kindness they deserve.


“We chose to include Feeding Pets of the Homeless® in our Trust because we believe in the goals of the organization, to help homeless people provide food for their pets and to provide medical care for them in emergencies. Having had two wonderful rescue Great Danes as part of our family for many years, we know how important Dante and Avery became to us. For homeless people, that importance can be lifesaving. We have worked with Genevieve Frederick on local community service projects with a similar focus over the years and trust her guidance of the organization to achieve its goals. To be able to help those less fortunate than ourselves is paramount to achieving a legacy of humanitarian gifts that live on long after we do.”  Ed and Diana Raschen


These individuals believed in our mission and trusted Feeding Pets of the Homeless® by donating a portion of their estate either as unrestricted or to the Feeding Pets of the Homeless Endowment Fund. These bequests strengthen our growth and ensure that no pet goes hungry or is in pain due to their human’s homelessness.

Teresa Sanders Photo 1Teresa Lenore (Caudle) Sanders (1954 – 2015)

Teresa Lenore (Caudle) Sanders, age 61, passed away peacefully at her home in Oneonta, NY on October 24th.

Teresa was born in Birmingham, AL to E. Leon Sanders and Bobbe Henry Sanders, who survive her. Teresa is also survived by her brother, Rance Sanders (Angie), her sister, Karen Sanders, her nephew, Brooks Sanders, her niece, Casey Sandkuhl (Simeon) and her former husband and friend, Jack Caudle. She grew up in Bluff Park and attended Bluff Park Elementary School, graduated W.A. Berry High School, and attended Jacksonville State University.

After college, Teresa served as an executive and Corporate Secretary at Jefferson Title Corporation in Birmingham for 16 years where she played an instrumental role in the growth of her family’s business.

Teresa retired from corporate life to pursue her passion of raising, training, showing, rescuing, and caring for animals of all kinds. In addition to guinea pigs, fish, ferrets, flying squirrels, snakes, mice and chinchillas, Teresa had a special affinity for dogs and miniature donkeys.

She and her father founded C & S Dream Donkeys Ranch where she bred, trained and showed from an original herd of 20 miniature donkeys and 2 wonderful mules. Teresa’s beloved creatures won countless awards in show around the United States, including recently in Shelbyville, TN despite Teresa being in declining health. She was especially proud of her final ribbons and the hard work that was given by her trainer, Justin Butts.
Teresa also gave much of her time and energy to rescuing dogs. She would transport homeless or needy dogs to rescue centers or to new homes from Mobile to Wisconsin, where they could be loved.

Teresa wanted to leave a final message that “Everyone can do something to help save lives. You reap a wonderful feeling in your heart that God bestows on you for doing what you can to help His creatures.”

Lindsay Patterson (1953-2016)

Lindsay Patterson was born in 1953 and grew up in Long Island, New York. Her family enjoyed travel, good food, good people, and animals. Lindsay could always be seen with a dog or two by her side wherever she went. She always adopted homeless pets. She lived in several states including Florida, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. She was most recently a real estate manager for a large hospital in New Mexico until returning to Nevada. She loved the mountains and enjoyed skiing, hiking, and camping. She was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Lindsay succumbed to cancer in 2016, her beloved dog by her side.



Patricia Shannon photo 3 1Mildred Patricia Sharon (1937 – 2017)
Born in Belfast, Ireland on March 6, 1937, as an only child, Mildred Patricia Toolan was a spirited girl from the very beginning. Her independent nature led her to leave her place of birth as a very young adult and venture to the United States of America, which she made her forever home and eventually earned her citizenship. Patricia’s sense of adventure and love of travel took her to all parts of the world, but she always returned to her beloved home in the hills overlooking the Crescenta Valley in northern Los Angeles County.

She married and never had children, but always surrounded herself with pets that were loved and treated as family. Her love of all animals, throughout her life, was obvious as told through her many stories of visiting wildlife sanctuaries at home and abroad, as well as the long list of animal rescue organizations she generously supported.



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Natasha Brenner (1922- May 25, 2020 New York City)

A beloved friend to animals, Natasha inspired so many with her decades of activism.

Brenner stated: “I’m an animal activist. That’s what I try to spend my days doing -actions on my computer -every single day… I love being a vegan because I’m not hurting any animals. I’ve been vegetarian since 1972.”

“If you saw a child on the street that was crying or suffering or whatever you would do what you could for that child. Well, I don’t see the difference if you saw an animal of any kind. They have a language, just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean it’s not there – certainly they [feel] pain and suffering and I don’t want to be contributing to that.”

Julie Zatz (1948-2020)

From the U.S. Attorney’s office:

Julie joined the office in 1990 and served with great distinction as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division for 30 years.  Prior to joining our office, she was a trial attorney for four years in the Department of Justice Federal Tort Claims Act section in Washington D.C., which she joined through the Honors Program after graduating from Northwestern University Law School in 1986.  Before law school, Julie earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and taught courses including legal history, judicial process, constitutional law, and political/legal philosophy at Tulane, American University and Stanford.  She also held a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is a published author.

Over the course of her career, she tried 23 cases and handled 16 appeals in courts around the country.  One of her earlier trials involved a six-week multi district litigation involving the Sabin Oral Polio vaccine.  Most recently, she handled a three week tort trial in January 2020 on a catastrophic injury case.

Julie taught classes at the United States Department of Justice Advocacy Institute and on site at various federal agencies on all aspects of civil discovery and trial practice, as well as teaching trial advocacy at Southwestern Law School.  In the Civil Division, she supervised and worked with numerous attorneys and was a valued mentor to many.  From 1994 to 2000, she designed, recruited and administered the Civil Division extern program.

Outside of work, one of Julie’s passions was raising and showing her beloved champion poodles.  Her other great passion was teaching legal advocacy and helping to develop young lawyers.  Indeed, she was an Assistant Professor and Coach just this past Friday and Saturday at a program put on by Pepperdine Law School via Zoom.

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