As a citizen lobbyist and monthly donor to the Humane Society of the United States for more than a decade, there's much that Floridian Karen has done to advance animal welfare. She gathered signatures and called voters for landmark farm animal legislation in California and Massachusetts. As a two-time participant in Florida's Lobby Day and the national Taking Action for Animals conference, she sharpened her skills and deployed them in state and federal legislators' offices. She capped it all off in 2018 by serving on the core committee that successfully led the charge to ban greyhound racing in Florida—a probable tipping point for ending the practice in the U.S., if not the world.
Recently, Karen added another role to her advocate resume: Humane Legacy Society member. "My two beloved and very spoiled cats are my only children, and I plan to leave the bulk of my estate to the HSUS and its affiliates," she says. "Raising awareness and improving lives for animals is my passion, and the HSUS is best positioned to continue to move the animal welfare movement forward.
"Every action on behalf of animals that we take—whether it be a phone call to state and federal representatives, a letter to the editor, speaking up for animals in our communities or including a gift of any amount to the HSUS in your will—has ripple effects far beyond what we can see." The HSUS is grateful for Karen and many others like her who support the organization through their estate plans.