Including a gift in your Will


Animals give you a better life.
You can leave them a better world.

Including a gift in your Will to RSPCA Victoria is one of the best ways of making a real difference to animals in need. The deep love you feel for animals can live on and help create a kinder world for animals long after you’ve gone.

You’ll become an enduring and fundamental part of the future we all want, one in which no animal experiences cruelty, abuse or neglect at the hands of human beings. Your support will enable us to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals, and give them a second chance in a loving, new family.

Including a gift in your Will is also a meaningful way to honour the love and joy the pets in your life have given you, while helping create a better world for all animals.

How to include a gift in your Will

Including a gift to RSPCA Victoria in your Will is very easy. The next time you are updating or changing your Will, you can simply ask your solicitor or Trustee Company to insert a few simple words into your new Will. Whatever your circumstances, we recommend that you see a solicitor when writing or updating your Will to ensure your wishes will be fulfilled.

There are three main ways to leave a gift in your Will to RSPCA Victoria.

  • Percentage Gift – You simply state in your Will what percentage of your estate you would like to give.
  • Residual Gift – After family and friends have been taken care of, and all costs have been dealt with, you can make a gift of the remainder or residue of your estate, or a percentage of that residue.
  • Specific – You may wish to include a specific dollar amount for your gift, or specific assets such as property or shares.

Many supporters think that it’s easier to leave a percentage of their estate or something from the residue. That way you can look after your loved ones and make a wonderful contribution towards the charities and causes that mean the most to you.

A gift in your Will to RSPCA Victoria, no matter what the amount, will make a positive difference to the lives of animals.

Our suggested wording for your Will

Your solicitor may appreciate our suggested wording for including a gift to RSPCA Victoria. You can simply ask your solicitor to insert the appropriate clause selected from the wording below into your Will:

“I give to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) (“RSPCA”) of 3 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East, Victoria, 3151 (ABN 56 749 449 191):

(a) % of my estate; OR
(b) the residue of my estate; OR
(c) % of the residue of my estate; OR
(d) the of $>amount<

for the general purposes of the RSPCA. I declare the receipt of the RSPCA will be sufficient discharge for my Trustees.

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Carol with cat Phoenix

One of Carole’s first memories of a pet’s unconditional love was confiding in her childhood cat Velvet as a four-year-old, after some children were unkind to her. She found Velvet’s gentle purring comforting and so made a promise to her that she would become a vet to help care for animals, as Velvet had cared for her. Carole kept her promise.

Years later as an adult Dr Carole found comfort once again in the company of a special cat, after tragically losing her husband and pets in the Black Saturday fires. She was given a 300-gram kitten found wandering in the ashes to care for. She called him Phoenix, and he gave her a reason and the courage to carry on and they now share a deep bond.

Dr Carole says it brings her comfort to know that through her gift in her Will, she will continue to rescue and protect animals, and help create a kinder world for them.

Contact us

If you would like more information or wish to discuss in more depth a gift in your Will, please get in touch with our Gift in Will Coordinator Adam Plunkett on (03) 9224 2557 or email giftsinwills@rspcavic.org.au.

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Suggested wording for your Will

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