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Gifts in Wills Month – celebrating our generous SPCA Giving Hearts members

05 September 2023

September is Gifts in Wills Month, and we’d like to celebrate a special group of people – our SPCA Giving Hearts members. These generous animal lovers, like Monica, ensure that we will be able to continue caring for vulnerable animals, by including a gift in their Will to SPCA.

Gifts in Wills Month – celebrating our generous SPCA Giving Hearts members

SPCA relies heavily on the generous donations of our Giving Hearts members, who have chosen to leave a gift in their Will to SPCA. As SPCA only receives approximately 10% Government funding, we depend on these kind-hearted donations to ensure our important work can continue.

Monica is just one of these Giving Hearts members.

As an avid animal lover, Monica has adopted four cats from SPCA over the years.

“As soon as I had my own place, I knew I wanted to get a cat-mate, a domestic short-haired cat from the SPCA,” she told us. “If a cat needs a home and a person needs a cat, where else would you go? We owe animals a good life."

Her first adopted cat was Misty, who was six years old when Monica took her home. They had an amazing ten years together, before Misty sadly passed away from cancer.

After Misty, Monica gave a forever home to Mihi, a beautiful tortoiseshell who was Monica’s happy cat-mate for an incredible 18 years. Mihi was a loving companion for Monica through her own cancer diagnosis, and the long Covid-19 lockdowns.

Most recently, Monica has adopted two tortoiseshell kittens, Meg and Miri – you can see the ‘M’ theme that has developed! They’ve now been with Monica for two months and are ‘an absolute delight’.

“For me, leaving a legacy to SPCA is a no-brainer,” Monica told us. “I have been supporting SPCA for over 20 years, and especially recently with their desexing programmes. I believe every cat should be a wanted cat, and not have a life of stress and struggle. So, I’m leaving a legacy to SPCA to carry on their good work.”

We’re endlessly grateful to Monica and all of our Giving Hearts members, whose kindness will ensure that we at SPCA can continue providing care for animals for years to come.

Some people believe that smaller gifts don’t make a difference, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A residuary gift of just 1% in a Will can make an enormous difference. While it may not seem enough to change the world, it is enough for you, like Monica, to help give animals a brighter future filled with love.

To speak to someone in person about leaving a gift in your Will, please get in touch with our Supporter Care team 0800 888 444. We’d love to hear from you, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

You can also request further information by emailing givinghearts@spca.nz or visiting our website at https://www.spca.nz/gifts-in-wills

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