There are many ways to contribute to Lifesavers. Please consider some of the options below…

Protect the horses you love. Create a lasting partnership with Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue. Your will makes it possible.

Charitable Bequests

By including Lifesavers in your will you will be able to continue providing a second chance for abused and unwanted wild and domestic horses. You can make your bequest for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or specific assets from your estate. Bequests, like other gifts, can be designated for many purposes or given without restriction. At Lifesavers we are pledged to focus our energies on your wishes and needs.

Your first step, once you decide to leave a gift, is to contact your attorney or estate planner to help you draw up your will. Your planner will need to know our legal name is Lifesavers, Inc. Our 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable status in the Internal Revenue Code provides a tax savings for you and your estate. Our federal tax I.d. number is 95-4631906.

There are three main types of bequests: percentage, residual and specific.

The Percentage Bequest is a bequest of a certain percentage of your estate or of another asset. You designate that a specific percentage, anywhere from 1 to100% of your estate, is left to Lifesavers, Inc. The greatest advantage of this structure is that, as your estate increases in value over time, your gift will keep pace and your support for the horses will grow.

The Residual Bequest is a bequest of all or a portion of the remainder or residue of your estate after specific and other bequests have been distributed. By naming Lifesavers as the beneficiary of this residue, you simplify the probate process and ensure that the remainder of your estate is allocated to care for rescued horses.

The Specific Bequest is a bequest for a specific item or dollar amount.

Other Planned Giving Options

A Charitable Lead Trust is a gift of income from trust assets for a specified period of time. After the trust terminates, the trust principal is returned to the donor or his/her family.

A Charitable Remainder Trust holds and invests assets in such a way that income is paid out to the donors. After the trust terminates, the “remainder” of the principal amount in the trust is distributed to Lifesavers. These types of trusts are 1) Annuity Trust where payments are a stated percentage of the value of the principal when the trust is established and do not change. 2) Unitrust where payments are a stated percentage of the trust’s principal, based on its value as determined annually. the value of the payments increase or decrease along with the principal value of the trust.

A Gift Annuity is a contractual agreement between the donor and Lifesavers. In exchange for a gift to our organization, Lifesavers agrees to pay a fixed annuity to the donor each year as long as he/she lives. The annuity is a percentage of the gift and is based upon the donor’s age. A portion of each annuity payment is a tax-free return of the principal. A gift annuity can be funded with cash or securities. With a Deferred-Payment Gift Annuity, donors receive a more attractive gift annuity rate by making the gift today and deferring the annuity payments to some date in the future. The longer the deferral period, the greater the annuity rate and the charitable income tax deduction.

The Gift of Life Insurance naming Lifesavers as owner and beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy entitles the donor to a deduction equal to his/her cost basis in the policy, or its replacement cost whichever is less. A gift of a policy that has not been fully funded provides an income tax deduction approximately equal to the policy’s surrender cash value. Continued payments by the donor to cover the cost of premiums are deductible to the donor for income tax purposes.

Retained Real Estate is a property such as a personal residence or farm and when given to Lifesavers the donor retains the right to live in or use the property for life. Upon the death of the donor, the property passes to Lifesavers.

Retirement Plan Designation names Lifesavers as beneficiary of a retirement plan and will provide an estate with a charitable estate tax deduction and avoid income tax on the appreciation in the plan. Further, using a retirement plan to fund a Charitable Remainder Trust provides an income stream to Lifesavers for a term of years; after that time, the principal can be distributed to Lifesavers.

Gifts of Securities are non-cash gifts of stocks certificates. Your financial services provider would transfer the certificate(s) to Lifesavers security account at which time, once the process is completed, Lifesavers will have the options to keep the stock active or sell it for cash value.

Gifts-in-kind are donations of assets other than cash. These might include items such as stock, real estate and equipment. Gifts-in-kind, other than publicly traded securities, must meet specific requirements regarding tax benefits and deduction limitations.

Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue is grateful to our supporters who have advised us of their intentions to provide for our rescued horses in their wills. Planned giving will ensure long term security for Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue well into the future. It is, as they say, the gift that keeps on giving.

You may also wish to contact a professional who specializes in financial planning for the benefit of animal charities:
Animal Welfare Financial Development, L.L.C.
Pat Guder
One Park Place
1400 McKinney St.
Unit 1504
Houston Texas 77010
Using Ralphs Reward Cards to Benefit  Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue. Everyone has to eat – what a perfect way to help the horses eat too!

Go to the Ralphs website and register your Ralphs card to contribute to Lifesavers. Below are the directions to register your card:

  1. Log on to
  2. Click on Sign In/Register
  3. Click on New Customer? Sign up today!
  4. Enter your zip code and click on ‘find’
  5. Click ‘Select’ next to the store you primarily shop at
  6. Enter account information:
    • Your email address
    • Your password (please note the rules next to this field)
    • Confirm your password
  7. Subscribe or unsubscribe to email subscription by leaving the check marks or removing them
  8. Click Confirm
  9. Click on agree to Terms and Conditions
  10. Click on ‘Confirm’
  11. Click on Edit Community Contribution Program Information
  12. Enter the card number as shown on your Ralphs rewards card
  13. Click on ‘Save Changes’
  14. Confirm or enter any corrections and click on ‘Save Changes’
  15. Type in just a part of your organization’s name or key in your 5 digit NPO number and click ‘Search’ (Lifesavers, Inc’s  NPO # is 93596)
  16. In the ‘Select Your Organization Section’, click on the bubble next to your organization’s name
  17. Click on ‘Save Changes’
  18. Your organization selection will appear on the right side of this page
  19. You have now completed your Online Rewards Card registration AND your Community Contributions registration.
  20. Click on ‘Logout’ at the top of the page

The next time you shop at Ralphs after registering your card, you should see an acknowledgement at the bottom of your receipt that Ralphs is donating to Lifesavers Inc. or Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue. If you do not see that message, your card is not registered to us. If you have any problems or questions please email

The generous donations we receive through this program go directly to help our horses. Thank you for your support!

Mail your donation to:

Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue
35700 Sand Canyon Rd.
Caliente, CA 93518

For more options or information:


April 22, 2013 Bruce Pedersen released the ashes of his beloved wife, Lana, at the Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary. Click here to read his touching story.

If you are looking for a final resting place for yourself or someone you love, consider our Forever Wild ash scattering program.  Lifesavers can arrange for you or your loved one to spend eternity among the rescued wild horses at our Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary in the beautiful mountains, hills and canyons of Caliente, California.  There are more than 600 acres of special beauty and more than 100 horses call Wild Horse Canyon their home.

Lifesavers offers a complimentary ash scattering for remains of our supporters who provide a minimum bequest in their will for the horses.  A family member or the Executor of the estate will make arrangements to have our friend’s ashes delivered to us and we will choose a serene spot on the sanctuary to release them.  If requested, we will read a prayer or recite a poem if one is provided.  We will also take a picture of the release and/or resting place.  Finally a stone engraved with the loved one’s name will be placed at the site and will stay there…Forever Wild.

For those who stipulate their Forever Wild plans in their will and provide us a copy of such Will – we will send a free shirt or cap that says “I Shall Remain Forever Wild at Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary, Caliente, CA”

Sample of engraved stone

Sample of engraved stone

If the family would prefer to bring the ashes in person and do the scattering themselves, like Bruce Pedersen did with Lana’s ashes, that can be arranged as well.

Ash scattering is not limited to people. We welcome all creatures great and small.  We believe that from each passing there is the opportunity to become part of life again.  In this way scattered ashes go back to the earth to become the soil that gives new life in so many ways.  It may well become part of the next spring’s grasses that our wild horses will graze upon.

Horses at our Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary.

Horses at our Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary.

Some may wish to have their ashes buried beneath an Oak or Pine tree rather than scattered.  Wild Horse Canyon has an endless supply of peaceful shady places to choose from.  Whatever your wish, as long as it includes being forever part of Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary and in the company of rescued wild horses, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wild horses grazing at Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary

Wild horses grazing at Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary

Basic Bequeathed Release: $2,000 Minimum

Family Service Arrangements:  $2,500 – $5,000 depending on special service requests

For more information  please contact

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