On Tuesday, February 25, JHS held our first Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn event of 2020. This free event, sponsored by Cypress Trust Company, was open to anyone interested in learning about estate planning, creating a will and appointing beneficiaries, and making plans for pets in case something unexpected happens.

Several local professionals participated in the Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn, including Beverly Flanagan, Senior VP and Market Executive from Cypress Trust Company. Cypress Trust Company has been an independent, Florida-based company since 1996. They forge honest and open relationships while creating customized investment strategies, serve as a corporate trustee, personal representative or agent during estate settlement, and as an administrative trustee for clients already committed to an investment plan.

Douglas A. Oberdorfer, Esquire, JHS CEO Denise Deisler, and JHS Board of Directors Vice President Lisé Everly also spoke and answered questions from attendees.

If you would like more information on estate planning with the Jacksonville Humane Society or would like to be placed on the list for future events, please email Theresa Scordo at tscordo@jaxhumane.org or call 904.493.4606.


Next up: JHS is hosting another lunch and learn event for business partners in the Jacksonville area on Thursday, February 27, at 11:30am. Click here to RSVP. Sponsored by our partner Gemstone Media, this event will highlight the impact and benefits of the JHS Paw Partners program, which includes access to Mutt March and Toast to the Animals – our large annual fundraising events – plus year-round marketing recognition.

Our next Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn, sponsored by Florida Blue Medicare, will take place in October and feature information on Medicare open enrollment along with estate planning. Stay tuned for the date!


Frances – available for adoption! – had a blast working the room.

Last week on October 8, JHS held a free Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn event for the public that focused on the importance of estate planning, having a will and beneficiaries, and health care options for seniors. Participants also had the opportunity to meet a JHS pup and go on behind-the-scenes tours of the JHS Adoption, Education & Pet Help Center.

A number of local professionals participated in the program, including Douglas A. Oberdorfer, Esquire, Thomas Green from Dedicated Senior Medical Center, and Lisé Everly, the JHS Board of Directors Vice President.

This was our first Pawsitive Planning event but won’t be the last! Due to successful attendance and interest levels, we plan to make this an annual event. Our next Pawsitive Planning Lunch & Learn will take place in February 2020 – stay tuned for the date! If you’d like more information on estate planning with JHS – or if you’d like to be placed on our invitation list for future events – please email Theresa Scordo at TScordo@jaxhumane.org or call 904-493-4606.


Next up: JHS will be hosting a lunch and learn event for business partners in the Jacksonville area on Tuesday, October 29, at 11:30 a.m. Click here to RSVP. This event will highlight the impact and benefits of the JHS Paw Partners program, which includes access to Mutt March and Toast to the Animals – our large annual fundraising events – plus year-round marketing recognition.


Huey – currently available for adoption – had a blast greeting all our Pawsitive Planning guests on October 8!