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Bill Ryan: Champion of the "Underdogs"

Bill RyanGrowing up with several cats and dogs, Bill Ryan developed a passion for animals. So when he moved to Colorado Springs, it seemed only natural for him to gravitate toward the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. "I was looking for ways to give back to the community," says Bill, who has found that sharing his time and resources with the Humane Society is a rewarding way to do this.

Although he loves all animals, Bill has a special place in his heart for cats. "They are the underdogs," he explains. "Overpopulation is a big problem, and their save rate is lower than other animals."

To help combat these problems, Bill makes donations to the Humane Society to help reduce the adoption fees for cats. He also supports the surgery center, which provides immediate care for cats and other animals. In addition to providing generous financial gifts, Bill has also volunteered as an adoption facilitator and enjoys attending events such as the annual FUR-R-R Ball.

"The community's lost and homeless cats have a great friend and guardian angel in Bill Ryan," says Randy Harrelson, director of development at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. "Hundreds of oncevulnerable cats thrive today in loving homes thanks to Bill's warm generosity, compassion and devotion to helpless cats."

Bill's own home is a safe haven for three lucky cats: Ivanna, Simba and Cairo. Cairo and Bill found each other through Bill's work at the Humane Society. As a managing director at a research boutique specializing in the analysis of financial services, Bill travels frequently. When he arrives home, he knows he will be enthusiastically greeted by his feline friends. "They give me unconditional love," Bill says. "They are part of my family."

Bill is so committed to furthering the mission of the Humane Society that he has made them a beneficiary of his estate. "We are all God's creatures," Bill stresses. "It's important to include animals in your humanitarian efforts and not to forget about the animals who have made your life better."

How We Use the Gifts We Receive
Whether you choose to arrange a planned gift that benefits us today or after your lifetime, like Bill's, we will put your gift toward a special fund that is carefully invested. Up to 4 percent of the fund is used annually to sustain the Humane Society's many programs and services. This ensures long-term support for the Humane Society and future generations of animals. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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