Leave a bequest
A gift in your will to the SPCA is a very special last act of kindness. By leaving a gift in your will, you can ensure that the love you have for animals can continue for countless generations to come. You'll be helping to ensure that in the future, thousands of animals get the love they all need and deserve.
Why leave a gift to the SPCA?
The SPCA receives only a small amount of government funding to help us in our animal welfare work. Instead, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of animal lovers to support animals through the precious gift they leave in their will.
Bequests are one of our largest sources of funding and our on-going lifeblood providing income for many years ahead.
Leaving a gift to the animals is a fitting way to celebrate the love and companionship you have enjoyed during your own lifetime. Your gift can help ensure that the SPCA will always be here to help New Zealand’s animals through our essential work.
There are a variety of ways to leave a gift in your will to the SPCA depending on what suits you best:
- Residuary: what is left over (the residue) in your estate after all expenses, debts, and other specific bequests have been settled.
- Pecuniary: a specified sum of money in a will.
- Specified bequest: where a particular item is specified in a will, for example, works of art, or stocks and shares, or even property.
To ensure the wording in your will accurately describes your intentions, the following clauses should be included:
"I give (a specified share of the residue/or the sum of/or a specified bequest) to The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated (RNZSPCA) for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the appointed officer of the Society shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.
I further declare that at the date of my death or the date of distribution of my estate, any charity named in my will that does not exist or has amalgamated with another charity or has changed its name, such legacy or residuary gift shall not fail but my trustees shall pay it to the charitable organisation which they consider most nearly fulfils the objects I intended to benefit."
Understandably some people have a strong affinity and association with their local SPCA centre and you may wish that your gift is directed to a specific community. In this circumstance we recommend the following wording:
"I give (a specified share of the residue/or the sum of/or a specified bequest) to The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated (RNZSPCA) for its general purposes, for use in the (name the area of New Zealand you want your gift directed to e.g Otago) area and I declare that the receipt of the appointed officer of the Society shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.
I further declare that at the date of my death or the date of distribution of my estate, any charity named in my will that does not exist or has amalgamated with another charity or has changed its name, such legacy or residuary gift shall not fail but my trustees shall pay it to the charitable organisation which they consider most nearly fulfills the objects I intended to benefit."
Online services such as Justly help you with drawing up your will by providing a framework to enter your information and automatically generating your own customised legal documents, on-demand.
Caring for your pets
If you choose to make a bequest to the SPCA in your Will, it really helps if you let us know. As well as giving us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity, we will be able to give you peace of mind that your pets are cared for when you are gone.
You can opt to transfer custody to a friend or family member, however if no one is able to care for them, you can include a clause in your will which gives custody to your local SPCA centre, we recommend the following wording:
"If I have any pets at my death and have not made alternative provision for their care and welfare, I give those pets to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated. Without imposing any trust I ask the SPCA to take any action the SPCA in its absolute discretion considers necessary for the welfare of my pets, including:
- Finding a suitable new home; or
- Placing my pets in a specifically selected foster home."
The Circle Programme
Pledging a gift to the SPCA in your will gives you access to an exclusive group of supporters known as The Circle; people just like you.
Being part of The Circle means we can say thank you in your lifetime and share our mutual love of animals together. You will receive invitations to exclusive events, very special benefits, and ongoing communications to keep you informed of our activities.
As well as giving us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity in a timely manner, The Circle also helps to give you the peace of mind in your twilight years to have your pets cared for when it becomes difficult for you to continue to care for them yourself.
- Animal Assistance Programme – if your situation changes and you can no longer look after your pet (for example you move into a rest home), you can call on us for special assistance.
- Pet Legacy Plan – this is where any animals living at the time of your death, where no arrangements have been made for them, fall into the custody of SPCA to be re-homed or fostered.
Leaving a gift in your will is a big decision and we appreciate you’ll want to take your time to think it through first and share your thoughts with your family. Everyone is different, and so are their circumstances, so it’s important that the gift you leave is right for you.
If you would like to discuss your options further or if you wish to consider making a bequest during your lifetime, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Phone: 027 500 9713
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