If you have enjoyed the love and companionship of dogs and thus know what wonderful creatures they are, then you may wish to consider helping them long in to the future by remembering Animal Lifeline in your Will.
Each year, for nearly 40 years, we have rescued and found loving homes for hundreds of dogs – more than 11,000 in all – and were it not for bequests from dog-lovers, we could not save so many needy animals. One generous bequest provided the sanctuary of our Serendipity Dogs Home at Cellarhead. Smaller bequests have helped provide vital equipment and facilities like our puppy care centre. Other bequests help provide specialist veterinary care. Without bequests, small and large, we could not provide this important service!
We are a voluntary group and a registered charity regulated by the Charities Commission. All funds we receive are spent wholly and exclusively on the welfare of the dogs. By remembering us in your Will you can ensure that the love your dogs have given you over a lifetime is further rewarded by helping other dogs long in to the future.
Making a Will
Your Will should be in writing and signed by you and two witnesses. It is always best to seek professional advice when making a Will.
Should you decide to leave a bequest to Animal Lifeline please use the appropriate clause (see below) for inclusion in your Will. If you have already made a Will you can add a minor change – known as a codicil -without having to make a new Will. Please discuss this with your legal advisor.
Suggested clauses for a legacy to Animal Lifeline:
“I give the sum of £(amount) or (named item) free of duty to Animal LIfeline, PO Box 411, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 4SS (Registered No: 1041362) for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the charity’s Secretary of other proper officer shall be good and sufficient discharge thereof.”, or…
“I give (amount) percent of my residuary estate to Animal Lifeline, PO Box 411, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 4SS (Registered No: 1041362) for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the charity’s Secretary of other proper officer shall be good and sufficient discharge thereof.”
Looking after Your Dog
Please note that Animal Lifeline will also undertake to look after your dog in the event of your death. We will try to find a new loving home for it but if we cannot, we will care for it ourselves for the rest of its life. We guarantee not to have your pet put to sleep (unless on veterinary advice due to serious illness). Please remember to specify in your Will that you wish your dog to be handed over to Animal Lifetime after your death.
If you would like a printed copy of our Wills leaflet sent to someone not on the Internet or your solicitor please request one via the contact form on this website. They are also available at our kennels and shops. The leaflet simply repeats the information and suggested clauses given above.