Gifts In Wills & Legacies


If you've owned a pet you'll know that there is almost no greater love than having the love of an animal. They give us unconditional love and for most of us having them share our lives is a joy, we can't imagine being without.


Unfortunately, its true to say that although we're supposed to be a nation of animal lovers there a still far too many cats who need our help.


Its our vision that each and every rescue will find its own forever loving home.


Leaving a gift to us in your will, however small will be your greatest act of generosity. We are a small independent local charity helping cats (& often their owners) and we need your help. 


You can help by ensuring we can go on helping cats in our area, leaving a gift to Cats In Distress, either money or property, allows you to make a real difference to local animals. You will know that your passion in life for cats, as feline friends and companions, can live on through our charity work.

What next?

In order to leave a charity legacy you must have a Will. It is not enough to just tell your family and friends of your intention to leave a gift to a charity after you are gone. A Will, usually drawn up by a solicitor, is a legally binding document that will ensure that your wishes are fulfilled. People frequently make or amend a Will at significant times in their life – such as buying a house, getting married/divorced, having children, loosing a loved one.


To leave a gift to us you need to specify our full name, address and charity number, as below:

Name: Cats In Distress 

Registered address: Rectory Cottage Berkley Frome BA11 5JH

Registered charity number: 1167332


What is a legacy?
A legacy is money or property bequeathed to another in a Will. It can be any value at all.

What if I have already made my Will?
You can easily amend a Will by adding a codicil, which is a supplementary document. You should ask your solicitor to arrange this.

Would leaving a gift affect my tax status?

If your estate is liable to Inheritance Tax, you could reduce the amount due by choosing to give money to charity. Charity legacies are exempt from tax and the gift will be deducted from your estate (your money, possessions and property) before Inheritance Tax is worked out.

Would you agree to look after & rehome my cat/s if I pre-decease them?
Yes, we would try to admit your pet/s as soon as practicable and do our best to rehome. Should your cat be too elderly or ill to rehome we would endeavor to find a foster home. Please telephone us to discuss in more detail

How would you know I had died and my cat/s needed to be cared for?
You should let your family, friends or neighbours know what your wishes are as well as including the request in your Will for your Executors to action. Once notified we will do our best to admit your pet as soon as space becomes available. You may wish to make a provision for interim boarding, particularly for multiple cat households.

Disclaimer: These FAQs do not constitute legal advice and is provided for information only. Potential legators should always seek their own professional legal advice.