Leave a Gift in Your Will to Your Local Branch of the RSPCA

As a life-long animal lover, there’s no better way to show you care than by leaving a legacy. A gift in your Will for the RSPCA means you will always be there for animals at risk of cruelty and neglect.

Leaving a legacy directly to our branch of the RSPCA

We are not funded by the RSPCA. When people leave money in their will to the RSPCA, local branches like ours may not benefit from your kind donation. You can leave a legacy directly to us which will help to fund our continuing work caring for birds and animals and will support our wildlife centre.

To learn more about how you can leave a legacy directly to our branch of the RSPCA complete the form below and we will get in contact with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have questions about making your Will or leaving a gift for animals. We’ve collected the most common questions and answers here for you. But if you would still like to discuss anything, we’re happy to help complete our contact form below and we will contact you.

Why should I leave a gift to the RSPCA?

If you believe in protecting animals from cruelty then leaving a gift in your Will to us is a great way to help us do just that.

Gifts we receive make a real difference to vulnerable animals. They will always need us, and your gift will always matter.

Can I decide how I would like my gift to be used?

Gifts that are 'unrestricted' (i.e. that we can use wherever they'll make the biggest difference) are the most valuable to us as they can be used where they're most urgently needed.

You can also leave a gift in your Will to a particular area of our work such as animal centres, campaigning, education, inspectors or a certain geographical area. If you'd like to do this, please get in touch.

What type of gift can I leave?

We're hugely grateful for every gift and there are three main types of gift you can leave:

A residuary legacy is a percentage of whatever is left over from an estate after debts, funeral expenses, administration costs, and all other gifts have been paid. This can be any percentage you like. Many people choose this type of gift as it ensures their loved ones are taken care of first.

A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money that can be any amount, big or small. When it comes to protecting animals from cruelty, every gift counts.

A specific legacy is a gift of a particular item, such as property or an item of jewellery.

Why is it important that I write a Will?

A Will can ensure that when you die, your loved ones are taken care of and that your wishes are clear to all. It can also make things simpler for those you've left behind.

A Will covers everything from what you leave to family and friends, to whether you'd like to remember a charity such as ours and even your funeral arrangements.

What's more, problems can arise if you don't make a Will. Not least, in the absence of a Will, the government will decide how to share your estate. They may not do so in a way you feel is fair, or in line with your values and beliefs.

How much does it cost to write a Will?

The cost of legal services can vary, but is unlikely to be more than around £130 for a simple Will. We recommend you seek legal advice to ensure your Will carries out your wishes and all the legal formalities are complied with.

In certain circumstances some legal advisers offer a reduced rate for the preparation of a Will or Codicil, a legally binding document used to amend or update a Will.

Do I need to use specific wording?

We always recommend speaking to a legal adviser when making or amending a Will, but we do have suggested wording that you can use, depending on the type of gift you want to leave.

What if I want to change my Will at a later date?

If the change is simple, this can be done with something called a Codicil - a legally binding document used to amend or update a Will. For more complicated changes a new Will may be necessary.

Who can be an Executor of a Will?

Anyone can be appointed as an Executor including a relative, friend or legal adviser. It can even be us, in certain circumstances.

Should I tell you that I've left you a gift?

If we know whether you intend to remember us in your Will, we can plan better for the future.