Roy and Paula Hosek have been Can Do Canines supporters for over twenty years, following the organization through a couple of location moves. “We’re dog wired,” says Roy, who certified with Hearing Assist Dog Wrigley, an owner-provided Boykin Spaniel in 2022. Recently retired, Roy has represented Can Do Canines at a number of events, often with the popular Wrigley. The organization has plans for both Paula and Roy to be even more involved in the near future.
“When it comes to supporting charities, I need to be confident that our donations will be used to maximum benefit,” shares Roy. “I look at annual reports. I talk to people. I am careful to give money to organizations who will use it right.” He is convinced money donated to Can Do Canines is well spent. “The organization is very efficiently run, with a relatively small but dedicated staff and many great volunteers. When you see the graduating teams, you realize that not many people or organizations can do what they do. And it is obvious that there are way more people out there in need of these wonderful dogs. That is why Can Do Canines is at the top of our preferred charities list.”
The Hoseks have long had a traditional will, but that did not prevent the free will-writing partner of Can Do Canines—FreeWill—from catching their attention. Though somewhat skeptical at the start, they went through the process of creating a will on the site. “It was a fruitful exercise,” shares Roy, “especially because our existing will had not been updated for a number of years. There were even several charities included that no longer exist!” The couple appreciates how easily future updates will be to make to their FreeWill document.
Benefits to becoming part of the Can Do Canines “Legacy Club” like the Hoseks may include income or estate tax deductions and elimination of capital gains taxes on appreciated assets. Most importantly, there is the knowledge that your charitable planning will help perpetuate– beyond your lifetime–a mission of providing assistance dogs, free of charge, to people with disabilities.
Or as Roy says to encourage others to try FreeWill and opt to support Can Do Canines when doing so, “You know you’re going to be doing some good.”