When Lyle Carter died at age 83 on August 31, 2008, he left behind a carefully planned and generous gift to Heartland Humane Society. Heartland’s board of directors felt strongly that the wisest use for a major portion of the gift would be to invest in the organization’s future. They decided to transfer $100,000 of the gift to BCF to establish the Heartland Humane Society Endowment Fund. Now operating as Heartland Humane Shelter & Care, the organization is a nonprofit focused on animal wellbeing, providing care for animals and the people who love them in Benton County, OR and beyond. Heartland operates a location-based animal shelter serving the pets and families of Benton County and Corvallis with animal wellbeing programs and humane education. Heartland will never turn away a Benton County pet in need because of poor health, age, breed, or temperament. In addition, the organization provides lost and found services and distributes pet food to low-income pet owners.
Heartland Humane’s Board of Directors evaluates each major gift received with the goal of balancing the needs of the organization today and the support of the organization in the future. Some or all of these gifts are reinvested in the Heartland Humane Society Endowed Fund at Benton Community Foundation, where earnings from these gifts will support in perpetuity the general care of animals at Heartland Humane, including spay and neuter services, vaccinations, surgery, foster care programs, and return to-owner services. The community and Heartland Humane Shelter & Care’s animals will benefit from these gifts in perpetuity.