There are many ways to make an impact on this world. As lifelong animal-lover Nanci Viera put it, “I have always wanted to do great things, but since I can’t sing, act, dance, or be a lawyer, I have had to make small contributions in a big and consistent way for the past 30 or 40 years.” And contribute she has. As a member of ARF’s Circle of Compassion, Nanci will be leaving a portion of her estate to ARF to ensure that her legacy of compassion continues.

Nanci’s dedication to animal welfare goes far beyond financial support. “Since 1992, I have taken care of a colony of feral cats daily,” she informed our team. That’s right, for more than 30 years, Nanci has been the sole caretaker of a colony of community cats, facilitating humane trapping, organizing spay/neuter surgeries, and further care — including fostering kittens when needed! With the number of free-roaming cats in the country estimated to be upwards of 50 million, Nanci’s work is incredibly important. ARF works directly with many Bay Area TNR (trap/neuter/return) organizations and individuals like Nanci to help manage community cat populations, provide free Purina cat food, and even adopt out kittens!

“My dedication to animals is a big part of my life and the legacy I want to leave.”

Nanci Viera, Philanthropist

“My dedication to animals is a big part of my life and the legacy I want to leave,” Nanci told us. “The work that ARF does is critical to the animals that come into the shelter, to the people who have pets, and to the community at large. I am proud to know that this gift will make a difference.”

True to her wishes, Nanci’s lifesaving work for local animals in need will live on thanks to her planned gift to ARF. If you’d like to ensure your legacy makes a difference as well, visit or contact Andrea Bell, ARF’s Director of Philanthropy, at [email protected].

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