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Leave a Gift in Your Will

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A gift in your will to the SPCA is a very special last act of kindness. By leaving a gift in your will, you can ensure that the love you have for animals can continue for countless generations to come. You'll be helping to ensure that in the future, thousands of animals get the love they all need and deserve.

Why leave a gift to the SPCA?

The SPCA receives only a small amount of government funding to help us in our animal welfare work. Instead, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of animal lovers to support animals through the precious gift they leave in their will.

Bequests are one of our largest sources of funding and our on-going lifeblood providing income for many years ahead.

Leaving a gift to the animals is a fitting way to celebrate the love and companionship you have enjoyed during your own lifetime. Your gift can help ensure that the SPCA will always be here to help New Zealand's animals through our essential work.


The different ways you can make a bequest

There are a variety of ways to leave a gift in your will to the SPCA depending on what suits you best:

  • Residuary: what is left over (the residue) in your estate after all expenses, debts, and other specific bequests have been settled.
  • Pecuniary: a specified sum of money in a will.
  • Specified bequest: where a particular item is specified in a will, for example, works of art, or stocks and shares, or even property.

To ensure the wording in your will accurately describes your intentions, the following clauses should be included:

I give (a specified share of the residue/or the sum of/or a specified bequest) to The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated (RNZSPCA) for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the appointed officer of the Society shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.

I further declare that at the date of my death or the date of distribution of my estate, any charity named in my will does not exist or has amalgamated with another charity or has changed its name, such legacy or residuary gift shall not fail but my trustees shall pay it to the charitable organisation which they consider most nearly fulfills the objects I intended to benefit.

Understandably some people have a strong affinity and association with their local SPCA centre and you may wish that your gift is directed to a specific community. In this circumstance we recommend the following wording:

I give (a specified share of the residue/or the sum of/or a specified bequest) to The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated (RNZSPCA) for its general purposes, for use in the
(name the area of New Zealand you want your gift directed to e.g Otago) area and I declare that the receipt of the appointed officer of the Society shall be full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.

I further declare that at the date of my death or the date of distribution of my estate, any charity named in my will does not exist or has amalgamated with another charity or has changed its name, such legacy or residuary gift shall not fail but my trustees shall pay it to the charitable organisation which they consider most nearly fulfills the objects I intended to benefit.


Caring for your pets

If you choose to make a bequest to the SPCA in your Will, it really helps if you let us know. As well as giving us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity, we will be able to give you peace of mind that your pets are cared for when you are gone.

You can opt to transfer custody to a friend or family member, however if no one is able to care for them, you can include a clause in your will which gives custody to your local SPCA centre, we recommend the following wording:

If I have any pets at my death and have not made alternative provision for their care and welfare, I give those pets to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated. Without imposing any trust I ask the SPCA to take any action the SPCA in its absolute discretion considers necessary for the welfare of my pets, including:

  • Finding a suitable new home; or 
  • Placing my pets in a specifically selected foster home


Ask us more about making a 
gift in your will to SPCA New Zealand

Leaving a gift in your will is a big decision and we appreciate you'll want to take your time to think it through first and share your thoughts with your family.

Everyone is different, and so are their circumstances, so it's important that the gift you leave is right for you. If you would like to discuss your options further or if you wish to consider making a bequest during your lifetime, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email: legacy@spca.nz
Phone: 027 512 9689

Become an SPCA Guardian

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Each year SPCA Centres around the country helps protect over 48,000 abandoned, abused and neglected animals that desperately need someone to care for them.

As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of New Zealanders to carry out our life-saving work, as we receive only a small amount of government funding. 

SPCA Guardians are a special group of monthly donors that help us take action for animals in five key ways:

  • Prevent Cruelty

  • Rescue

  • Rehabilitate

  • Shelter and Re-home

  • Seek Justice

Will you help animals in need get the food, shelter, vet treatment, love and care they deserve by becoming an SPCA Guardian

Sign up to become an SPCA Guardian today

 

Find out how our SPCA Guardians are making a difference to animals in need here.

 

Payroll Giving

Payroll giving is a quick and easy way for you to donate directly to New Zealand’s animals. Simply let your employer know how much and how often you’d like to donate and ask them to set it up for you.

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Advantages of payroll giving

  • Your donation is made from your salary before tax.
  • Your 33% tax rebate is already accounted for. There’s no need for you to save up your receipts and submit a claim.
  • It is an easy way to give. Once it’s set up you don’t need to do anything else. Your donation will come out of your pay packet as regularly as you have requested until you choose to stop.
  • You can go to work every day with the knowledge that you’re making a difference to the lives of thousands of sick, injured, abandoned and abused animals.

Once your employer has set SPCA New Zealand up as a payroll giving charity, you could do even more to help New Zealand’s animals by encouraging your colleagues to donate in the same way.

Find out more about payroll giving at www.payrollgivinginfo.org.nz.

 

Information for employers

To set up payroll giving to SPCA New Zealand, you will need the following information:

Name: THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS INC

Charities Commission Number: CC22705

IRD Number: 43-731-793

Bank Account Number: In order to prevent scams involving our bank account number, we do not advertise this online. Please contact our team who will be happy to provide you with this information at support@rnzspca.org.nz, or call (09) 827 6094.