Leaving a legacy

Give them the gift of a lifetime

When you give a gift in your Will to Battersea, you give a lifeline to lost and abandoned dogs and cats at a time when they need it most.

You’ll never stop caring - neither will we

Since 1860, Battersea has given hope to over 3.1 million dogs and cats. We aim to never turn away an animal in need of help. With your help, we never will.

Last year we cared for over 7,000 animals and around a third of these were looked after thanks to gifts in Wills. We rely on the generosity and support of animal lovers like you to continue to be here for every single dog or cat who needs our help.

By remembering the Home in your Will, your incredible gift, whatever size, will transform the lives of countless dogs and cats and give them the second chance they so desperately deserve – now and for many years to come.

One incredible gift

We are so grateful to Battersea supporter, Joan Strutt, who recently passed away and left her whole estate to our dogs and cats. Born in Woolwich in 1927, Joan was passionate about animals for her entire life. She spent her retirement working part-time in an animal welfare charity shop and owned two little Yorkies of her own – Star and Sky.

Her incredible act of kindness means the world to our dogs and cats and will be absolutely invaluable to giving them their happy endings. To express their thanks, Sally the greyhound attended Joan’s funeral, accompanied by a few two-legged members of the Battersea family.

How to leave your gift

If you would like to leave a gift to our dogs and cats, we recommend you consult a solicitor who can advise on wording to ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly as you want them to be.

You will need to take the following details with you:

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA

Registered charity number 206394 (England and Wales)

An example of wording you could use:

I leave my / X share (s) of my residuary estate for the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA, registered charity number 206394 (England and Wales), absolutely for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

Find a solicitor

The Law Society can help you find a solicitor in your area.

For more information, call 020 7320 5650 or visit the Law Society website.

Remember A Charity

We are part of Remember A Charity, in which over 180 of the UK’s favourite charities are working together to encourage more people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will.

As a valued supporter of Battersea, they can offer you information and guidance on making your Will, including finding a solicitor.

Find out more about Remember A Charity

Need to know more?

We understand that leaving a gift in your Will to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is a very special and personal choice and we are here to help you with your special gift. Our Legacy team are used to dealing with Wills and can offer support on straightforward legal advice and the correct wording for your Will. We can also act as your Executor to give you peace of mind that your wishes will be followed.

If you would like to speak to someone about leaving a gift in your Will, please email specialgifts@battersea.org.uk or call 020 7627 9300. We will be more than happy to help.

We’d like to thank you

If you have already remembered Battersea’s dogs and cats in your Will, or intend to in the future, we’d love to hear from you. Not only will this help us make plans for the future of the Home, but, more importantly, it means that we can thank you properly for your support. Anything you tell us will be confidential and not legally binding.

Please get in touch by emailing specialgifts@battersea.org.uk or calling 020 7627 9300, or writing to us at the above address. We’d love to hear from you.

Don’t forget your pet

One of the reasons for making a Will is to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of should you pass away before them. This is equally important for pet owners who wish to ensure that if the worst does happen there will be someone to care for and love their treasured companion.

Battersea’s Forever Loved scheme gives peace of mind that, should the worst happen, Battersea will be there to care for and rehome your beloved pets. It’s a simple thing to do as well; when making or amending your Will, state that you want Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to find your dog(s) or cat(s) loving new homes.

To find out more, please email specialgifts@battersea.org.uk or call 020 7627 9300 to request your Forever Loved information pack.

Do something life-changing

Request your free guide today about leaving a gift in your Will to Battersea

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£5 a month

would help pay for the care needed by some of our dogs and cats.

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£8 a month

could pay for all the care our hand-reared puppies and kittens need.

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£12 a month

would give frightened dogs and cats the care and treatment they need to recover.

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£20 a month

would give sick cats and dogs round-the-clock nursing care.

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Other amount

Floyd 342545 13


can buy a scratching post for one of the thousands of cats we care for each year

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would pay for a cat or dog to be microchipped

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would keep one abandoned animal safe, warm and well

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can buy beds, bowls, toys and treats to give comfort to five dogs in our care.

Bonnie 342374 13

Other amount

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