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Save Boone by donating Bucks for Boone

Look at his face!  Now look at his severely underweight body!  What would you do if this guy came to you?  You would help him of course. Which is exactly what we are doing here at LTBHS.


Boone was abandoned at a high kill shelter and didn’t have any other option until an animal lover, who knew that he would make someone a great pet, saved him and brought him to us.  But Boone’s fight was really just beginning.  After a visit to a veterinarian, it was discovered that Boone was in an advanced stage of heartworm.  Although his prognosis was guarded, Boone’s will to live was so contagious that we all agreed to work together to save this fighting spirit.

If you want to be part of this special guys fight for survival, please donate to help with his care.

We are estimating that the cost to treat Boone will be close to $2,000.  This includes medication, x-rays, and the heartworm treatment itself.  Boone will be spending his days at LTBHS in our board room with Beverly so he can be closely monitored, he will then spend his evenings with Julie, our Intake Coordinator, to get the 24 hour care he needs at this stage.  Hopefully Boone will gain weight and he can spend the final stage of his treatment in a foster home.  Once you meet Boone, you’ll agree with us:  This guy deserves our best effort for a second chance at life!  Join our campaign and donate to this cause or stop in to meet Boone, he will melt your heart as he did ours!

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Plan to Give so They can be Rescued.

True_love_logoBecause Little Traverse Bay Humane Society is 100% donor funded, donations are crucial to ensuring that every animal who comes through our doors receives exceptional care.

You can help us save the lives of homeless animals by including Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in your will or living or charitable lead trust.

The benefits of creating a will or living trust include:

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • Bequests can be modified if your circumstances change.
  • There is no limit on the estate tax deduction that can be taken for charitable bequests.
  • Your gift will save the lives of homeless animals and provide them a safe, healthy haven at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society until they can find their forever homes.


Charitable Lead Trust
A charitable lead trust is a tax-advantaged philanthropic strategy. It allows you to direct your wealth in ways that reflect your charitable values and beliefs during your lifetime, while also allowing you to transfer wealth to your heirs. A charitable lead trust if often established as part of an estate plan. It offers the tax and other benefits of charitable giving and allows you to:

  • Provide charities with a regular payment stream for a specified period.
  • Reduce estate or gift tax costs on the remaining trust assets passing to your heirs.


A charitable lead trust may be designed as a grantor lead or non-grantor lead trust. With a grantor trust, the principal usually reverts to the original donor at the end of the trust term. A non-grantor trust, which is more commonly used for a charitable lead trust, leaves the assets remaining at the end of the trust term to beneficiaries other than the original donor.

  • However the trust is designed, for a specified period and at least annually, charities receive fixed or variable regular payments from the trust.
  • Remainder beneficiaries of the trust (for example, family members) will receive the remaining trust assets upon termination. Any asset growth in excess of the regular charitable distributions will be distributed to the remainder beneficiaries free of additional gift or estate tax. Generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax may apply, depending on the type of charitable lead trust created.

What are the benefits of a charitable lead trust?
The income, gift, estate and GST tax benefits are dependent upon the type of trust you establish.

  • If you establish a grantor lead trust, you can take an up-front income tax deduction for the current value of the payment stream distributable to the charities. However, future income and gains that the trust generates will be taxable to you and you will not be entitled to any additional charitable deductions for the annual distributions to the charities.
  • If you establish a non-grantor lead trust during your lifetime, the trust’s annual income-tax liability is reduced through its deductible charitable contributions. You will receive a gift tax deduction for the up-front present value of the payment stream to the charities. Appreciation of assets is free of estate and gift taxes. If the trust is established at your death, the estate can take the then-present value of the payment stream to the charity as an estate tax deduction.
You can truly make a difference in the lives of the homeless animals who are waiting for their second chance. Please consider Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in your estate planning.


To learn more, please discuss the ways you can give with your financial planner or call 231-347-2396.

Getting off on the right “paw” with a new family can make or break a successful adoption.


Realizing that training is a wonderful way to bond and learn to communicate at both ends of the leash, the Ruff-to-Ready Scholarship Program was created to allow each shelter dog the opportunity to attend a basic obedience class with his/her new owner and a LTBHS dog trainer.

The scholarship covers the cost for each dog to participate, which is approximately $100.

The program was created in honor of Jack Ready, a former LTBHS board member, who passed away in 2010. Jack and his wife, Mary, had a wonderful experience training Jane, a shelter dog, and celebrated with us when she was adopted and thriving in her new home because of her training. The Readys felt it was extremely important to extend this opportunity to all the dogs at the shelter. 

Zeus PMIt’s no secret that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the hardest dogs to adopt out. Not only do they have a bad reputation, they also have a stubborn personality, which makes obedience training for the average pet owner rather difficult. So when Zeus arrived at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society at just 11 months old, we were not surprised to discover that he had aggression with toys, food and rawhide treats – an issue professional dog trainers commonly refer to as “resource guarding.”

After discussing Zeus’ issues with world renowned dog behaviorist, Brenda Aloff, we created a training plan with very specific parameters. Zeus is as smart as he is handsome and the more we worked with him, the less he guarded his prized items – his treats, food and toys. After a strict training regimen of two private 15-minute sessions a day for three months, Zeus maintained two full minutes of eye contact and could sit and stay in a “down” position until given permission to be “released.” He not only learned some basic commands, but he no longer guarded his toys. We could even take his food bowl away while he was eating! Zeus' outstanding performance in class also made him an outstanding example of how a dog can overcome the reputation of his breed with hard work and dedicated trainers.

Ruff_to_Ready_logo_resizedZeus' story epitomizes the importance of the Ruff-to-Ready Program and its necessity to continue. As stewards for homeless animals, we feel it is our obligation to give them every opportunity to succeed, and there is no doubt this program is beneficial to many: LTBHS, new families, and most importantly, the dogs who have now found their forever homes.

Please help us continue to offer this important service to the many dogs who come through our shelter.



The Michael G. Phillips Good Samaritan Fund is especially important as it provides for emergency medical care. As you can imagine, emergency health care situations are always critical and often expensive.

The Michael G. Phillips Good Samaritan fund is designed to help us care for all of the special needs of shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. In addition to funding crucial medical procedures and tests, the fund helps us purchase foods for specific dietary needs and obtain medications.

Howard photo legHoward's story is one example of how beneficial the Michael G. Phillips Good Samaritan Fund really is.  LTBHS was closing up for the day and staff was nearly ready to go home when a man walked through the door with a cat carrier. The man told us he had just moved into a new home and noticed a cat was hanging around. Not thinking much of it, he let the cat be until one day he noticed the animal seemed to be hurt and in pain. Worried for the animal’s safety, he brought him to LTBHS where we immediately agreed that this cat needed to be seen right away. After a visit to our local veterinarian, it was determined that Howard, as we were now calling the sweet orange cat, had a fractured back leg. Sadly his injury, which was likely from being hit by a car, was beyond repair.

With our veterinarian’s recommendation, Howard underwent surgery to amputate his fractured leg. Despite this, we knew with Howard’s sweet personality and big spirit, he’d be able to overcome this challenge.  This surgery was quite expensive and ended up costing $1,000, which is where our Good Samaritan Fund comes into play.  Because of this fund, we are able to treat animals like Howard who have high medical expenses.

You are truly a Good Samaritan to our most disadvantaged animals when you donate to this fund! Please help us help shelter animals recover from health problems and live the lives they deserve - in loving, safe, forever homes.


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