Legacies

Leave an Everlasting Gift

Many people think it is only the rich and famous that leave money to charities in their Will. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.

The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by people like you, many charities wouldn't survive.

Making a Will and keeping it up to date is an important way of looking after the future of your family and friends. After you’ve taken care of loved ones, you may wish to leave a gift in your Will to your favourite charity.

Why Is Making A Will Important?

About 1 in 5 people don't make a will. However making a will is the only way to guarantee that your wishes are followed and your money, assets and possessions are distributed to your loved ones accordingly. If you don't make a will, your assets won't automatically go to the people you care about or those you want to benefit.

Making A Will: Seven Basic Steps

1) Assess your estate's value - your estate is all of your assets; for example your house, savings, pensions, cars and possessions minus any debts such as a mortgage, loans or credit cards

2) Decide how you want to divide your estate - you can make specific gifts to specific people or you can divide your estate between a number of people

3) Consider leaving a gift to charity - after you have taken care of your loved ones you may wish to leave a gift in your will to your favourite charity

4) Choose what kind of gift you would like to leave - There are a number of different ways you can remember a charity in your Will, depending on your circumstances:

A Residual Legacy - this is a percentage share of the remainder of your estate (once all other bequests and other commitments have been taken into account)

A Pecuniary Legacy - this is a gift for a specific sum of money

A Specific Legacy - this is a gift of a specific item of value such as property or jewellery

Any money left to UK charities is free of Inheritance Tax.  If you would like to leave a gift in your will to CDRS you will need to include our exact details including our full name, address and charity number

5) Choose your executors - the executor's job is to carry out your wishes after your death. Most people name two executors

6) Write your will - we recommend you use a Solicitor (contact the Law Society solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk / Tel: 0207 320 5650 for details of a firm near you). However there are other ways you can do this for example using a will writing service

7) Let us know - if you decide to leave a gift to us please tell us so that we can say thank you in your lifetime

Already Have a Will?

If you already have a will and would like to leave a gift to CDRS, you will need to make a codicil (amendment). Speak to your Solicitor about making a simple amendment to your existing will.

Make a difference for dogs

Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and rehome dogs in need. We also provide extensive veterinary care and training for those dogs that need it. Factor in other essentials such as food and heating and you will start to have an idea of some of the costs that we need to meet every day.

We receive no government funding and it is through membership, donations and fundraising that allow us to continue our work.

Founded in 1963 we have rescued and rehomed in excess of 18,000 dogs.

Leaving a gift in your will to CDRS will enable us to continue our rescue and rehoming work and help us build a better future for rescue dogs. Small or large, every gift makes a real difference.

Thank you.