A legacy is a lasting way to reflect your beliefs and values and is the most significant personal statement you can make for animals.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

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.

Writing a Will is probably not at the top of your To Do list. But right now is the perfect time to get it done! National Wills Week is next month and you can have your Will written for FREE! Just click here to find a participating attorney near you.

The Importance of Leaving a Will

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 the codicil form in our Legacy Booklet 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.

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.

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.


We understand that writing a Will is a private matter and that making a bequest to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is completely your choice. 

We also understand that you may change your mind at any time, and this form is not binding in any way.

How do you feel about leaving a legacy?

Fill out the form below to let us know how you feel about leaving a legacy

If you’re considering a gift to us in your Will we are grateful to you for thinking of us and the animals who need us. 

Please complete the form below or if you prefer, contact our Bequest Officer on 021 700 4144 or email legacy@capespca.co.za

Becoming an Animal Guardian

Leave a Legacy

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.

Acts of Love That Ensure Our Survival

While COVID-19 disrupted all our fundraising, the one source of support we could count on was the legacy income from our Animal Guardians who had passed away.

We count our blessings for their foresight. Their legacies become lasting acts of love that ensured the very survival of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA during the pandemic.

At the time of writing their Wills, our late Animal Guardians could never have anticipated the outbreak of a global pandemic and the events that followed.

But they did know that no matter what happened, they wanted our work for animals to continue. 

Legacies Are Acts of Love That Ensure Our Survival

Behind The Scenes Tours for Animal Guardians

Behind The Scenes Tours for Animal Guardians

We hold special behind-the-scenes tours of our facility, especially for our Animal Guardians. It gives a unique insight into the various aspects of the work we do, and the difference your support makes.

During the tour, you’ll see first hand what goes on in our adoption centre, animal hospital, farmyard, stables and wildlife facility, and get to meet many of the animals in our care.

Contact us on 021 700 4150 or email legacy@capespca.co.za if you’re interested in the tour, so we can invite you to experience an inspiring day with us and our animals.

A Note from One of Our Animal Guardians

Ann Symmons with her Cow Easter

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.”

A Very Dear Legacy of Love

When Sylvia Dear, a long-time supporter of our SPCA, passed away, she left a legacy that has made life a ball for puppies at the SPCA. With her legacy, we were able to establish a new puppy area, comprising of kennels and a training/play area.

When it’s time for the puppies to nap, the area doubles up as a one-on-one training space where our in-house animal behaviourist can work with dogs who have anxiety or trust issues. 

A Very Dear Legacy of Love - Training Room