Since 1939, Santa Fe Animal Shelter has been dedicated to its mission to support animals, save lives, and spread compassion. A gift to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter through your will or living trust is a powerful statement of your support to the thousands of homeless animals that come through our doors every year.

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, nearly all of our funding comes from amazing supporters like you.

Our federal tax ID # is 85-6000484.

The most common planned gift is a bequest through your will or living trust. Your gift may be a specified amount, a percentage of your estate or the residual of an estate.

Getting started is easier than ever!

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter has recently partnered with FreeWill to give all of our supporters the opportunity to write a legally valid will, 100% for free!

It only takes 25 minutes, and you can make changes at any time.  If you would prefer to finalize your will with an attorney, you can use this tool to create a list of documented wishes that will save you time and money with a lawyer.

Start writing your will with FreeWill today.

Ways to Give

  • Leave a direct gift to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter
  • Make a planned gift to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Endowment Fund
  • Name the Shelter as a direct beneficiary of your IRA, 401K, or another financial instrument
  • Establish a “Donor Advised Fund” or a personal “Designated Endowment Fund” which are available through our partner at the Santa Fe Community Foundation

If you have already named SFAS in your estate plans, please let us know. Notifying us of your bequest allows us to understand and honor your intentions and steward your gift as you wish. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Another option is to donate your mandatory IRA distribution.  If you are 70.5 years or older, donating your mandatory distribution directly to the Shelter can avoid taxes up to $100,000.  Instead of being taxed as income to you, the animals benefit from 100% of the distribution when donated directly to us.  If you are interested in donating your IRA distribution, you can use our new tool.  Get started now.

The same is true of appreciated stock.  You can avoid capital gains by donating stock directly to us.  No age requirement for that.  How to make a stock gift? We have an intuitive, easy-to-use tool that will guide you through the process in less than 10 minutes.  Get started now!

Through your kindness, homeless animals will be given the necessary care they deserve today, tomorrow, and always.

For more information on the Shelter’s Planned Giving program, contact Donations at 505.983.4309 ext. 1204 or email