The kindness of people who remember Cat Protection in their Wills has provided the backbone of our funding since we began caring for cats in 1958. Bequests contribute between 40-50 per cent of our operating income each year.
None of us likes to think about dying but having a valid Will is vital to ensuring your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes. At the same time, it is important to make plans for your cat/s in the event that they survive you.
Remembering Cat Protection
Whether or not you decide to leave a bequest to Cat Protection, we strongly recommend that you see your solicitor, the Public Trustee or other professional to discuss and draft your Will.
You also need to make sure family or trusted friends know where your Will is kept. Your nominated trustee or solicitor can keep your Will in safe custody. If you die without leaving a valid Will, the law will determine how your assets will be distributed, and this may be contrary to what you would have wished.
If you would like to remember Cat Protection in your Will, the following wording may be considered by your solicitor:
I, (insert full name and address) give and bequeath to the Cat Protection Society of NSW, the registered office of which is 103 Enmore Road, Newtown, NSW 2042, (the sum of [$xx]) OR (a complete description of the asset) for the general purposes of the charity’s work. I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer shall be sufficient discharge for the Executor and/or Trustee.
(where a specific sum of money or specific asset is to be bequeathed)
I, (insert full name and address) give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situated to the Cat Protection Society of NSW, the registered office of which is 103 Enmore Road, Newtown, NSW 2042, for the general purposes of the charity’s work. I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer shall be sufficient discharge for the Executor and/or Trustee.
(where the bequest relates to the residue of an estate).
If you don’t have your own solicitor, you can contact the Law Society of NSW on 9926 0333 for names of solicitors in your area.
We acknowledge with deep gratitude the kind-hearted men and women who have remembered Cat Protection and we honour their lives through our work.
Every little kitten for whom we find a loving and responsible home, every cat who finds their ‘second chance’ at our shelter, and the thousands of cats in the community desexed and rescued from danger are testament to the love and generosity of donors and members past and present.
Planning for your cat/s
Cat Protection does not provide a facility for cats to live here permanently – some welfare agencies do provide such facilities. These are very expensive and not an option available everyone, nor suitable for all cats. Whether a cat is truly loved does not depend on how big their person’s wallet is but how big their heart is.
We have placed many ‘orphaned’ cats into new loving and responsible homes. These cats do grieve for their past people and their former homes but over time they adapt to their new environment with the loving patience and care of people who understand their special needs. We also know of many people who have taken in the cats of their late friends or family, and they regard this as a special privilege and a loving connection with deceased.
For more information on planning for your cats, click here.