A Gift in a Will / Legacies

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Why not let your legacy live on by donating a gift in a Will?

It is without doubt that a gift from your Will could make the difference of life and death to abandoned dogs in the West Midlands and the very survival of Birmingham Dogs' Home

Making a Will is also vitally important if you wish to ensure that your property and valuable possessions are passed on to those you love or to those you wish to benefit from it.

Gifts in Wills, or legacies are we may better recognise them, have been a vital lifeline to Birmingham Dogs' Home since its inception, without which we would not have survived. The receipt of a legacy donation is quite frankly an essential part of funding the home and provides the vast majority of income to ensure the care for thousands of abandoned and lost dogs, which we care for year in year out.

How can a legacy donation aid Birmingham Dogs' Home?

It is advisable to seek out a solicitor to help you if you wish to draw up a Will. They can assist to make it an easier process and can point out the way to ensure your Will is clear and unambiguous and that any gift for charities are officially stated. Among the different types of gifts you can donate to Birmingham Dogs' Home that can be included in your Will and which will enable us to continue our works of caring and rehoming stray dogs are:

  • a sum of money (a 'pecuniary legacy')

  • a share in some of the whole estate (a 'residuary legacy')

A Gift in a Will - just how it helps us

We at Birmingham Dogs' Home receive no Government funding of any kind and rely on public generosity in donations to run and care for the dogs in our protection.

Some financial facts on the cost of running the home and the number of dogs cared for during the year.

  • Running costs of Birmingham Dogs' Home in 2018 was over £2.3M.

  • That equates to an average of £772 being spent on every dog cared for in our Centres.

  • We provided care and support for 2,253 lost and abandoned dogs last year

How do I leave a legacy?

If it is your wish to leave a legacy to Birmingham Dogs' Home it is essential that you remember to include in your Will:

  • Our name: The Birmingham Dogs Home

  • Our address: Catherine-de-Barnes Lane, Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull,  B92 0DJ

  • Our registered charity number: 222436

Should you specifically wish for your donation to go towards the care of our dogs at our Sunnyside centre, you can state this within your Will. Speak to your solicitor for more advice on this.

Need more help?

If you are an executor to a Will, thinking about making a donation to the home in your Will or have any questions, or even if you would like to arrange a visit to the Home to meet our dogs and staff for yourself, please contact our Fundraising & Legacy Department on 0121 643 5018, or go to our contacts page to email us.

On behalf of Birmingham Dogs' Home, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any donation you or your family may make towards our work and Home.

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