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This photo shows just one example of the many senior Akitas that B.E.A.R. has rescued from situations just like the one in the story below...

Could you imagine living your entire life in what you thought was a loyal and loving home, but then as you slowly start to age over the years, the family you love decides one day they just plain don’t want you anymore because you’re too old? You have done nothing wrong, you even go happily into the family car for what appears to be a fun ride... only to find out that after 11 loyal years of your life you are dumped in an overcrowded high-kill city shelter without a care.

You wait and wait for the family you have loved and depended on for 11 years until you realize they won’t be coming back for you. You have given up all hope as you retreat to the back of your kennel, Akita head hung low, and you wait and accept your fate... The shelter door opens, and this is the last day you will ever see the sun shine.

But then, a B.E.A.R. volunteer stops by and says, “Come on, old loyal friend, it’s time to go home.”

Please make this possible and donate. An Akita’s life depends on it. We rescue dogs of all ages, but the seniors have a special place in our hearts.


Big East Akita Rescue, 1001 Fischer Blvd. PMB 136, Toms River, NJ 08753.

Dear Supporters,

We here at Big East Akita Rescue want you to know how important honest nonprofit work is to us. In our commitment to transparency, at the end of each fiscal year our financials will be posted to GuideStar. We encourage you to take a look at our available reports so you know exactly where each and every dollar goes. 

You can feel good donating to B.E.A.R., a 501(c)3 nonprofit group, knowing that your contribution goes directly to rescuing and caring for Akitas in need. Your support saves the lives of Akitas. Thank you: we could not do it without you!

Transparently yours,

The Volunteer Team at Big East Akita Rescue

Your donations may be tax-deductible!

Donate by mail:

Big East Akita Rescue

1001 Fisher Blvd., PMB 136

Toms River, NJ. 08753

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How to support your favorite charities when times are tough…

As we come into this final quarter of 2013, school and sports are in full swing and the temperatures are starting to drop.  Before you know it the holiday season will be upon us!  We often think of this time of year as the “giving season”  but the economy along with rising costs have left many families, individuals and seniors struggling on a tight budget…in other words…cash poor!  So, how do we give when there is nothing left at the end of the month?

Here are some tips to help you think of alternative ways to give when your household budget is squeezed to the max!

TIP #1:   Did you know that you can gift shares of stock?...


               That’s right! You can donate shares of stock or shares of a

               mutual fund to favorite charitable organizations (as long as they

               are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization).  Many people have shares

               of stock with a low cost basis, they don’t want to sell these shares

               because of the taxes they may have to pay…but stock or mutual

               fund shares can be given to a charity and you get to deduct the full

               value of the shares on your taxes AND you pay no capital gains!

               The cost bases transfers to the recipient and tax exempt oganiza-

               tions don’t have to pay the taxes either.  This is a great way to give

               to a charitable organization and not use cash! BEAR does have an

               account set up to accept gifts of stock and mutual funds and there

               is no limit on how much to give…you could give as little as 1 share

               or as many shares as you wish!

TIP #2:   Do you know what a QCD is?...

               Many people are not aware that The American Taxpayer Relief

               Act of 2012 (ATRA) extended the Qualified Charitable Distribu-

               tion (QCD) provisions for 2012 and 2013.

               A QCD is an otherwise taxable distribution from a traditional IRA,  

               owned by an individual who is age 70 ½ or over, that is paid directly

               from the IRA to a qualified (501c3 tax exempt organization) charity. 

               An IRA owner can exclude from gross income up to $100,000 of a QCD

               taken in 2013 AND a QCD can be used to satisfy any IRA required

               minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2013. 

               So, in other words ~ those seniors who are required to take

               distributions from their IRAs (RMDs), but don’t need or want

               the added taxable income AND are inclined to make donations

               to a charity ~ can choose to make distributions directly

               from their IRA to the tax exempt organization(s).  This provision

               has many benefits for the owner of the IRA…namely, the owner

               can make desired charitable donations while not adding to his/her

               taxable income, the owner also receives a “charitable deduction

               for the amount given to the charitable organization, and lastly,

               QCDs can be used to satisfy mandatory distributions (RMDs).

If you have questions or would like more information on either of these methods of gifting, contact a financial advisor or financial planner for more details.