Leaving a legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will to Battersea is a promise to be there for unwanted dogs and cats in the future.

It’s a gift from the heart that will change lives and help Battersea continue to give vulnerable dogs and cats a second chance in life.


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 Battersea 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.

For more info and advice, request your gift in wills information pack. It's quick, easy, completely free and there's no commitment involved.



If you would like to leave a gift in your Will 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.


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.


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 Battersea, 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.


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 Service 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 visit our Forever Loved Service advice page or call 020 7627 9300 to speak to a member of the Special Gifts team.


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.


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

Do something life-changing

It's easy, free and non-binding. Request your free information pack about leaving a gift in your Will to Battersea today.