Clackamas Dogs Foundation – Helping Today and Planning for Tomorrow
Three years ago, volunteers with years of experience in the animal welfare world got together to create the Clackamas Dogs Foundation (CDF) as a 501©3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting Clackamas County Dog Services. Led by a Board of Directors, CDF’s efforts are supported by cash and in-kind donations from individuals and businesses, as well as special events, planned giving and community outreach. The Foundation helps dogs and dog owners get the support they need.
In 2013, more than 450 dogs were adopted into loving families and more than 530 were returned to owners from the Center which provides a safe haven for temporarily homeless dogs in our community and provides a way for lost dogs to become reunited with their owners. Volunteers worked side-by-side with staff to help prepare dogs to find new owners, to post missing and found dog information, and to provide education in the community about everything from dog safety to techniques for working with your dogs. There is always work to be done, and the Foundation finds ways to support programs like volunteer training, low-cost spay and neuter clinics, treats and toys for the dogs and so much more.
Recently, CDF received three financial bequests when donors included the Foundation in estate plans after taking care of their family and loved ones first. These gifts were pleasant surprises to the Foundation. Including Clackamas Dogs Foundation, or any charity you believe in, in your estate planning is a meaningful way to carry forward your compassion and concern for a cause. Additionally, this type of giving may help you achieve specific financial goals, such as reducing or eliminating certain tax liability, either now or in the future. It is important to seek legal and tax advice when creating an estate plan, and when you do, we hope you consider short- and long-term charitable giving to CDF if creating a legacy for dogs is part of your passion. You will be amazed at how far your dollar can stretch to make the life of a dog better.
For more information about ways to support or participate in the Clackamas Dogs Foundation, please contact Sarah at 503-722-6729 or by email.