Guide for executors

A white and tan Jack Russell Terrier lies on the forearm of his owner, a grey-haired man, looking solemn

Working together to honour wishes

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. Our legacy team can be contacted at [email protected] 0300 777 8240.

We understand that dealing with an estate can take some time and be a particularly upsetting process for family and friends who have lost a loved one.

Our legacy team welcomes the opportunity to work with executors and their professional advisors to make the process of distributing a legacy to Blue Cross and honouring the wishes of our benefactor as straightforward as possible. We also take great care to ensure we act responsibly in following charity regulations for receiving funds generously donated to us.

Care of a pet

Where Blue Cross has been appointed to care for any pets, please contact the legacy team in the first instance with details of the animals, who has current care of them and the relevant clause of the Will.  

We will seek to provide assistance at the earliest opportunity and discuss arrangements to ensure the transfer of the animal into our care is dealt with as sensitively as possible.

Gifts of a specific amount

Where Blue Cross has been left a specific sum of money in a Will, please send a cheque for that amount, payable to “Blue Cross”, to our legacy team. Please also send a copy of the clause of the Will relating to the gift so we can ensure we allocate the funds as our benefactor wished. It can be sent to: Blue Cross, Shilton Road, Burfod, Oxon OX18 4PF.

Gifts of a share in the residuary estate

Where Blue Cross has been left a share of the estate after all debts and expenses have been paid, it’s helpful to make contact with us early on in the administration, even if it’s some time before you are in a position to make any payment to us. We have produced a leaflet called Working together… for healthy, happy pets which sets out information which is useful for us to receive and ways in which we may be able to offer assistance at various stages of the estate administration.

Our thanks

We offer our heartfelt thanks for the generosity of those supporters who have left us a legacy by adding their name to our virtual Book of Thanks. If, however, the family and friends of our benefactor do not consider this to be an appropriate gesture for any reason please don’t hesitate to contact our legacy team, at [email protected] or on 0300 777 8240.

— Page last updated 14/08/2020