Leave a Legacy

A gift in your will to SPCA Auckland 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 passing through the SPCA Auckland Animal Village get the love they all need and deserve.

Why leave a legacy to SPCA Auckland? 

SPCA Auckland receives no government funding to help us in our animal welfare work. Instead, we rely on the generosity of animal lovers to support animals through the precious gift they leave in their will.

Most people do not realise that legacies are our largest source of funding and our on-going lifeblood providing income for many years ahead. They literally save the lives of countless animals every year.

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 Auckland's animals through our essential work.

The different ways you can make a gift in your will to SPCA Auckland

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

  • Residuary - this means what is left over (the residue) in your estate after all expenses, debts, and other specific bequests have been settled.
  • Pecuniary - this means a specified sum of money in a will.
  • Specified bequest - this is 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 Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland Incorporated (SPCA Auckland) 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.

The Circle Programme

Pledging a gift to SPCA Auckland in your will gives you access to an exclusive group of supporters known as The Circle; people just like you.

Being part of The Circle means we can say thank you in your lifetime and share our mutual love of animals together. You will receive invitations to exclusive events, very special benefits, and ongoing communications to keep you informed of our activities.

As well as giving us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity in a timely manner, The Circle also helps to give you the peace of mind in your twilight years to have  your pets cared for when it becomes difficult for you to continue to care for them yourself.

  • Animal Assistance Programme - if your situation changes and you can no longer look after your pet (for example you move into a rest home), you can call on us for special assistance.
  • Pet Legacy Plan - this is where any animals living at the time of your death, where no arrangements have been made for them, fall into the custody of SPCA Auckland to be re-homed or fostered.
  • Senior Foster Programme - through The Circle Programme you can still enjoy the therapeutic value of an animal without the burden of ownership.

Ask us more about our Legacy and The Circle programmes

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.  When you have made the decision to leave a gift to the animals, you can let us know through our easy online pledge form.

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

Phone 09 256 7307

Email legacy@spca.org.nz

Read our Legacy Brochure