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The San Francisco SPCA's Sido Program

Sido ProgramThe San Francisco SPCA's Sido Program offers an innovative way to plan now for your pets' future, so animal companions will be cared for should they outlive their owners.

The Sido Program was named for Sido, a charming mixed breed tan and white dog. Over 30 years ago, the SF SPCA led the charge to save the life of Sido, who was condemned to die in her owner's will. The SF SPCA helped pass legislation specifically aimed at saving Sido's life and obtained a court ruling which stated that it is illegal for a person to order a dog destroyed in a will. These were landmark decisions in the cause of animal rights in California.

Many people don't have a trusted, willing friend or relative to appoint as guardian for their pet. They worry about what will happen to their pet when they pass away. Enrolling your pet in the Sido Program provides you with peace of mind about the fate of your pet.

When their owner dies, dogs and cats enrolled in the Sido Program are taken into the SF SPCA's Adoption Program where they receive loving care and attention while we work to place them in the best possible home.

To receive Sido Program enrollment information and pet biography forms, please contact Jessica Sananes, Legacy Giving Manager, at (415) 554-3027 or

How to enroll in the Sido Program

  • Complete the Sido Program Pet Biography forms. The information you supply will help the SF SPCA provide your pet with the best possible home. Get the Sido Form for Cats or the Sido Form for Dogs.
  • Send the original forms to the SF SPCA and keep a copy with your will or trust. You may update or change the information at any time.
  • Designate a friend, relative or the trustee/executor of your estate to act as an interim caretaker who can bring your pet to the SF SPCA.
  • Provide an annual gift of significance to the SF SPCA upon enrolling your pet into the Sido Program. This is a meaningful gift that, each year is renewable. These gifts support our Sido Program in our Adoption Center and Shelter Medicine Department.
  • Name the SF SPCA in your will or trust as a beneficiary. A legacy gift ensures the future for all homelss animals. You do not need to disclose your estate plans, but only confirm that you wish to become a part of the SF SPCA's Legacy Society. As a new member you will be welcomed and honored with an annual tea held each Spring.
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Over 5,000 cats and dogs adopted annually

Humane Education

Nearly 7,300 kids participated in youth camps and free classroom visits annually

Community Cats

1,200 feral cats spayed/neutered. 2,300 free vaccines given last year

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the San Francisco SPCA a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the San Francisco SPCA, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 201 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the SF SPCA or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the SF SPCA as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the SF SPCA as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the SF SPCA where you agree to make a gift to the SF SPCA and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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