Leave a Legacy of Compassion

The Dottie Hinze Legacy Society was created to recognize a visionary group of supporters who have demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to Anderson’s future by including Anderson in their estate plans.

What is a Legacy Gift?

Bequests are gifts that are made as part of a will or trust. A bequest can be to a person, or it can be a charitable bequest to a nonprofit organization, trust or foundation. Anyone can make a bequest—in any amount—to an individual or charity.

“The future depends on what you do today.“

- Mahatma Gandhi

Your plans for the future will help us protect the lives of animals today.



Include Anderson in your estate plans now through the end of 2020, and we’ll receive a $500 donation to support our life-saving programs!

Here’s how it works:

  • Include Anderson Animal Shelter in your will or trust, or as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan or bank account.

  • Tell us about your gift by completing our online Intention Form.

  • A generous donor will contribute $500 to Anderson for every intention form received , while funds last!

Your legacy gift will help Anderson:

Ensure that no adoptable animal is ever euthanized.

  • Provide the care and training our homeless pets need to become ready for their forever homes.

  • Save the lives of thousands of injured and orphaned wild animals.

  • Create and support connections between people and animals, changing their lives for the better.

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy,

make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.“

- Maya Angelou

You can create your legally valid will online,

for free in less than 20 minutes!

In order to simplify the estate planning process, Anderson has teamed up with FreeWill. Using FreeWill, you can create or update your will for online, and for free, in less than 20 minutes. The FreeWill tool is free to you, whether you choose to include Anderson in your estate planning or not, and can be used to create a fully valid legal will or simply to begin the process before completing it with an attorney. 


If you have included Anderson Animal Shelter in your estate plans, or want to learn more about opportunities to make a donation for our future, contact:

Susan Lyons

Director of Development


(847) 697-2880 x 31

Dottie Hinze

Dottie‘s legacy began with a visit to the shelter, creating a story that can be told forever.

Dottie left the shelter tour feeling compelled to build an animal hospital for Anderson Animal Shelter. She contemplated for years how to make the desire in her heart a reality.

When Dottie passed away in 2019, it was a donation made from her estate that allowed Anderson to take the first steps in realizing her dream.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80


Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax


Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25


Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90


Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

Shelter Holidays

New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Anderson Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

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