A gift in your Will
Leaving a gift in your Will to Blue Cross ensures your love for pets lives on. More than half the work Blue Cross do is made possible through gifts in Wills, so your gift will help us support pets who are sick, injured and homeless for many years to come.
We know that Wills can be complicated, so our information pack includes information on:
- Why a Will is important to you
- How to make your Will
- Tax and Wills
- Remembering Blue Cross in your Will
- Understanding the legal jargon
- How our teams can help you
Over 120 years of caring for pets in need
Gifts left by generous supporters in their Wills help us continue to give vulnerable pets the support and happiness they need and deserve. We opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 and since then our doors have never closed to sick and homeless pets. With your help, they never will.
In the future, legacy donations will be even more crucial for us. We aim to double the number of pets in need that we help across our animal hospitals and rehoming centres. Last year, without gifts in Wills, 4,000 unwanted pets could still be looking for a home, 13,000 poorly animals could still need veterinary care and more than 1,300 unhappy pets could be waiting for consultations with our Behaviour Team.
Whatever you are able to give will be so very gratefully received and put to the best possible use – caring for the dogs, cats, small pets and horses that need us. Please consider a gift to Blue Cross in your Will after remembering your loved ones.
People who have left a gift in their Will
Retired journalist John Chittock adored dogs and left Blue Cross a deferred legacy of £10,000 when he died, which means it will remain with his wife while she is alive.
Ida Margaret Enna
Ida Margaret Enna always put others first - people and pets. So when she passed away at the age of 92, a gift in her Will ensured her legacy of helping animals lived on.
John Bennett was a great animal advocate and caring for homeless and unwanted dogs was his passion, so he wanted to ensure we continued to be there for pets.
We recommend that you take our suggested wording set out below to your professional advisor for their information.
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Guide for executors
Blue Cross is always honoured to receive a legacy that will help us continue our vital animal welfare work. Receipt of legacies and any enquiries about how to distribute these gifts to us are dealt with by our legacy team.
Book of Thanks
Over half our income comes from money left in our supporters' Wills. This page is to offer our heartfelt thanks for their generosity and care for animals.
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