Why gifts in wills matter

side view of a tabby cat's head

At Cats Protection, we have been helping injured, starving and abandoned cats and kittens since 1927. Thanks to our promise never to put a healthy cat to sleep, we have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of cats, giving them a second chance at life.

By remembering Cats Protection in your will, you could help us make a better life for even more cats for years to come. More than half of the cats we help are cared for thanks to the kindness of people who remember us in this way.

Below are just a couple of examples of how the cats in our care are benefiting from the kind gifts we receive in wills.

Ellen's lodge

Ellen's lodge

A cat lover all her life, Sarah Ellen Gowing – known by her friends as Ellen – made the wonderful decision to include a gift to Cats Protection in her will. The sum she left paid for an entire new cat pen at the Bridgend Adoption Centre. The pen was named Ellen’s Lodge in her memory and will be a home-from-home for many unwanted cats for many years to come.

This beautiful tabby cat, Penny, had already been in Cats Protection care for 9 months before she was moved to Bridgend Adoption Centre. Penny was very distressed and frustrated at being stuck in a pen, so the decision was made to move her in to Ellen’s Lodge. The change of environment meant that she was able to settle down and she soon found her new forever home.

Ellen's Cat Cleo is just one of the many cats to have benefited from Ellen's legacy

Another cat to have benefited from Ellen’s Lodge is four and half year old Cleo. Cleo found living in the Centre very stressful, meaning she became very withdrawn and aggressive. Moving her out to Ellen’s Lodge meant that she had a lot more space, and after settling down, she started to show her true loving nature.

Ellen’s Lodge provides a much happier environment for cats like Penny and Cleo who have been in care for a long time.

Not only did Mrs Gowing’s support for Cats Protection help many cats during her lifetime, but her generous legacy means her kindness will continue to change the lives of cats such as Penny’s and Cleo’s now, and for years to come.

The Cats Protection Oatley Shop opening

Otley's Cats Protection Charity Shop

Thanks to the amazing acts of kindness from two supporters who left gifts in their wills to Cats Protection, the Wharfe Valley branch was able to open a new shop in Otley in July 2015.

This new shop means that the Wharfe Valley Branch will be able to generate more sustainable income to go directly towards looking after the many cats and kittens in their care. As well as this, the shop is there to provide helpful information and advice to cat owners in the area.

Branch co-ordinator, Graham Hoult, said:

It's not just about selling the clothes and so on to make a profit, but what we do with the profit. It will enable us to help more cats without having to take volunteers away from their work to hold special fundraising events each few months.”

To find out more about your local Cats Protection branch or adoption centre, please visit the Find us page

Tackling the challenge of finding cats loving homes

At Cats Protection we believe that there is a special someone out there for every cat. That’s why we do our best to find loving new homes for all the cats in our care, no matter how long it takes, and are proud to say that we never put a healthy cat to sleep.

By remembering Cats Protection in your will you can help us continue to provide this commitment well into the future and ensure that we are always there to find as many cats and kittens as possible the right home we know they deserve.

Tortie and black and white cat

Working locally all over the UK

We are lucky to have over 9,000 volunteers tirelessly devoting their time and efforts to caring for unwanted and abandoned cats in their local communities.

With a network of branches, adoption centres and shops throughout the UK, Cats Protection is constantly tackling the problems faced by cats every single day, in every area of the country.

A gift in your will could make a real difference to cats in your local area and help provide the necessary resources for our volunteers to carry on their vital work. These special gifts have helped fund everything from starting the centres themselves, to improving crucial equipment such as cat pens and vans and providing essential resources such as food and veterinary attention.

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Educating future generations

Cats Protection passionately believes that educating the public about feline welfare and the importance of neutering is an essential part of our work.

By educating people today, we hope to avoid some of the terrible circumstances that some cats and kittens currently have to endure and work towards achieving our vision of a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

We are able to offer a whole range of advice from our leaflets, publications and websites to our Helpline service, which receives thousands of calls and emails every year. A gift in your will could help us improve these services and ensure the cat owners of tomorrow are educated in the understanding of cats and the care of their pets.

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Facing tomorrow's problems today

To reduce the numbers of unwanted cats and kittens we currently see every year, Cats Protection champions neutering as the single most effective way to address this heart-breaking problem.

A gift in your will could help us run local and national neutering campaigns that work to dispel myths, spread the neutering message and make it easier for owners on low incomes to get their cat neutered. This will help prevent future generations of cats and kittens suffering the same plight of being left unwanted and abandoned.

Tabby kitten

Every gift gives our cats the chance of a happy ending

We are incredibly grateful for every gift we receive, no matter what the size. Even the smallest gifts help us to provide cats with food, a warm bed, veterinary attention and most importantly of all, find them a loving home.

With more than half the cats and kittens we help being cared for thanks to gifts in wills, we can only continue our vital work if kind people like you support us in the special way.

Click here for more information on how to leave a gift in your will.