Leave a Legacy

A legacy is a lasting way to reflect your beliefs and values and is the most significant personal statement you can make for animals. These gifts are vital to our work and enable us to be guardians of animals in need, to care for the sick and injured and to provide a safe haven for the lost or abandoned.

By leaving a gift in your Will, you become an Animal Guardian, a cherished partner who works alongside us to protect animals, rescue them from harm and care for them – long into the future.

Deciding what you’d like to leave is the first step. Here are a few ways to leave a gift in your Will:

Residuary Gift

The easiest way to leave a legacy is to leave the residue of your estate. Some choose to leave the entire residue, while others give a percentage of the estate once all other gifts, fees, debts and taxes have been paid. The advantage of leaving a residuary gift is that it automatically keeps pace with inflation so your legacy retains its value. It also means that you don’t have to amend your Will if circumstances change.

Pecuniary Gift

This is simply a sum of money, which you can arrange to keep pace with inflation.

Specific Gift

This gift is an item of value, such as jewellery, property, stocks or shares.

Why a Will is Important

Writing a Will enables you to ensure that everything you cherish and have worked hard for is passed on to your loved ones and the causes you hold dear. It’s a voice that will be heard when you are no longer here.

These days, making or amending a Will is relatively easy, but we always recommend that you seek advice from your attorney or qualified advisor when you make or change your Will. If you’ve already made a Will and now wish to include a gift to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, you can complete this codicil form and take it to your attorney who can advise you on the best way for your wishes to be carried out.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA does not recommend that you make a codicil without consulting a qualified advisor, who should ensure that any codicil made is executed correctly and properly reflects your intentions.

If you’ve decided to remember animals in your Will, it’s important to use the correct wording and to include the Society’s registered name: Cape of Good Hope SPCA. To assist you and your attorney, here’s an example of the correct clause.

Suggested wording for your Will:

I (full name), leave the residue/xx% of my estate/the sum of R________ to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Non-Profit Org. No 003-244 NPO and Public Benefit Org. No PBO930004317 of Cnr 1st Avenue and 1stRoad, Grassy Park, Cape Town 7945, to be used at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s discretion. The receipt of an authorised officer of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA shall be an absolute discharge to my executors.

Where your gift will go

Where Your Gift Will Go

Legacies are used carefully, to ensure that they achieve the greatest possible impact and make a positive difference that animals can feel.

Your legacy will enable us to continue the fight against cruelty and provide humane education to children and youth in the communities where it’s most needed. Your gift will help us to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife, and give second chances to unwanted, neglected or abused pets.

Every legacy is important to us – large and small – as they help to build a future where animals are treated with the care and respect they deserve.

Join Us As An Animal Guardian

If you’ve decided to include a gift to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in your Will, or are intending to do so, we’d love the opportunity to thank you for your generous support and welcome you as an Animal Guardian.

Leave a Legacy
Ann Symmons with her Cow Easter

One of our Animal Guardians

As a child growing up in the Transkei, Ann Symmons had many unusual pets, including a cow called Easter, which she hand reared. Apart from the usual dogs and cats, she and her brother had pet sheep, calves, pigs (all house trained) and even a blind crow.

“We used to collect all the lame and injured in the veld and nurse them back to health,” Ann recalls. “The wild ones were always free to go, but seldom did!” 

When she moved to Cape Town, becoming a Cape of Good Hope SPCA supporter was inevitable. “My love for animals includes the whole animal kingdom, and I know that the SPCA works to protect them all,” she says. “That’s why I’m leaving them a gift in my Will.”