Gifts In Wills and 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, although we're supposed to be a nation of animal lovers, there are still far too many cats who need our help.


It is our vision that each and every rescue cat will find its own forever loving home.


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

We can't do it on our own

You can help to ensure we can continue helping cats in our area by leaving a gift to Cats In Distress. Your gift could be either money or property, allowing 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.  A will, usually drawn up by a solicitor, is a legally binding document that ensures 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 or divorced, having children and losing a loved one.


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

Name: Cats In Distress 

Registered address: Rectory Cottage, Berkley, Frome, BA11 5JH

Registered charity number: 1167332

Frequently Asked Questions

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 and rehome my cat/s if I pre-decease them?

Yes, we would try to admit your pet(s) as soon as practicable and would do our best to rehome them. Should your cat be too elderly or ill to rehome, we would endeavour to find a foster home. Please telephone us to discuss this 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 we are notified, we will do our best to admit your pet(s) as soon as space becomes available. You may wish to make provision for interim boarding, particularly if you have multiple cats.

Disclaimer: These FAQs do not constitute legal advice and are provided for information only. If you are considering leaving a legacy, you should always seek professional legal advice.