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.
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.
Deciding what you’d like to leave is the first step. Here are a few ways to leave a gift in your Will:
The easiest way to leave a legacy is to leave the residue of your estate. Some leave the entire residue, while others have given 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.
This is simply a sum of money, which you can arrange to keep pace with inflation.
This gift is an item of value, such as jewelry, property, stocks or shares.
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:
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 1st Road, 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.
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. Read here about three ponies in desperate need of love and care, and how legacies give animals like them a new lease on life…
Johan and Maureen Trotskie were SPCA supporters from the time they lived in Johannesburg. When they moved to Cape Town they decided to leave a gift in their Will to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Here they tell us about their two disabled cats, and how they inspired them to leave a legacy of love…
“We got Muffin from the Johannesburg SPCA as a tiny kitten, and within days she was diagnosed with epilepsy. But despite this affliction she grew into a beautiful cat and lived to the age of 16 years and 4 months.
C.C. stands for Cape Town Cat. While spending a long weekend at our house in Cape Town, my husband picked up a tiny abandoned kitten in the gutter while he was out running. From his strange actions we thought that he was blind. It cost us much begging, pleading and near tears to persuade the airline to allow us to take him in my carry-on bag back to Johannesburg.
Our vet diagnosed him with brain damage, but we were determined to keep him. He could never climb trees, jump up high or even use his litter box properly, but we loved him dearly and he died in my arms aged 14 years.
It is our firm belief that with love and patience our pets’ disabilities and health problems can be overcome. We decided to leave a legacy to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA to let our love for animals and all our precious pets live on.”