Leaving a gift in your Will


If you are considering a gift in your Will to RSPCA Leicestershire, Peterborough & Rutland Woodside Animal Centre. Your gift, regardless of size, will live on to benefit the animals we all love. Our future needs Pet Visionaries like you.

The RSPCA Leicestershire Branch has been in our community for over 135 years and the demand for our charity to care for and support neglected and abandoned animals only continues to rise.

We are a local charity caring for local animals, these animals could be in your street, your city, town or village or in a dangerously isolated and remote location nearby. We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters in Leicestershire and Rutland to fund our work to help and protect these animals, so that we can all live in an area with animal welfare as its highest priority.

There is one way you can help Woodside far into the future. Much of our work relies on Pet Visionaries – kind souls who have left us a gift in their Will. We need more Pet Visionaries, like you, to consider leaving a gift in your Will to help us re-build the lives of animals in need and give them a future worth living.

Getting professional advice to ensure you have a good Will:

Dying without a valid Will is called INTESTATE and can create many problems for those left behind, at an already difficult time. The law takes over declares your estate as intestate and then decides how your assets will be distribute, regardless of your wishes, this means your property may not go to the people you wanted it to.

You should talk to your solicitor about making or updating your Will. Alternatively we can help.

Write your Will for free online today

We have partnered with Octopus Legacy and are now able to offer you an exclusive opportunity to write, or update, a simple Will for free. You can do it online, over the phone or even in-person – whichever way suits you best.

 Octopus Legacy work with RSPCA Woodside Leicester for a Free Will service

Why do this today:

  • It’s quick and easy – the average Octopus Legacy Will takes 15-20 minutes.
  • It’s safe – Octopus Legacy Wills are legally binding and checked by experts
  • It’s free!
  • You will have peace of mind that your affairs are in order
  • This can be done face to face or over the phone if you would prefer
Over the phone  

If you prefer, you can do your Will over the phone with Octopus Legacy.

Call 0800 773 4014, quoting our code RSPCA-LEICESTER-FREE to find out more.


Book a face to face appointment with Octopus Legacy by calling 0800 773 4014 to arrange it.

Cat & Dog - Woodside
Cat & Dog - Woodside

It’s so easy

Your solicitor or Will professional adviser simply needs to know:

Our registered charity number: 222621

Our registered charity name: RSPCA Leicestershire, Peterborough & Rutland Branch (Woodside Animal Centre)

Our current address: 190 Scudamore Road, Leicester LE3 1QU

Making a Will might be easier, and cost less money than you think. The only decision you should make before contacting your solicitor is:
  • Would you prefer to give a percentage gift which is known as a “residuary gift” ( can be any percentage from 1% to 100%) or a specific sum of money known as a “pecuniary gift”?
  • Should you ask us to try and re-home your pet beyond your lifetime? There is a separate section on this website about this service

Gifts from Wills typically fund 4 out of 10 of the animals in our care or help to fund new projects like our new vet centre. Without such gifts, we would struggle to care for so many neglected and abandoned animals – a shocking thought.

How your Will helps our animals:

Meet Bully the Bulldog, who was found by RSPCA Inspectors at a puppy farm, with serious health problems. Aged 9 he had suffered a hard life, but thanks to the love and care of Woodside staff and over £4,000 spent on his treatment and recuperation, Bully was able to find a second chance and a loving forever home.

Bully the Bull dog - Woodside
Bully the Bull dog - Woodside
Bully the Bull dog - Woodside

Mya, a small black kitten, was found alone with a badly damaged eye by a kind-hearted lady who called the RSPCA. Taken straight to the vet there was no option other than to remove the damaged eye. It isn’t clear if Mya’s injuries were caused by human neglect, an accident or an encounter with another animal but treatment to bring her back to health cost over £500. Thanks to Woodside Mya enjoys a safe and comfortable life in her new home.

Mya, small black kitten - Woodside
Mya, small black kitten - Woodside
Mya, small black kitten - Woodside

Why Elizabeth has remembered Woodside Animal Centre in her Will


“I first became involved in 1988 and got to know the people here and saw their dedication. That is what really got me. The animals are in such good hands and everything possible is done for them. I know family and friends come first in a Will but if you love animals you can remember Woodside too, like I have”

Have you considered what might happen to your furry friends if you were to die?

It’s always a worry for people if they were to pass leaving their beloved pet to an uncertain future. We have a free scheme which ensures that your pets will be taken care of and found new loving homes in the event of your untimely passing.

You should ask your solicitor to mention your pets aftercare in your Will

Ask for more details about The Home For Life Scheme

Cat & Dog - Woodside

Our legacy promises

We promise:

  • To use your gift wisely and effectively
  • If you want your gift used for a specific purpose or species, we will do our utmost to fulfil your wish
  • We will never put you under any pressure to tell us your intentions but if you do tell us then we love to say thank you!

If you leave us a gift and tell us then we would like to make you part of our “Pet Visionaries” programme. Your gift will help us help future generations of our wonderful two and four-legged friends.

These are some of the words and terms you might encounter when making your Will.

Administrator: A person appointed by law to finalise your affairs if you die without leaving a Will.

Assets: Any property a person owns.

Beneficiary: Anyone who receives something from your Will.

Bequest: A gift in a Will. Sometimes also called a legacy

Codicil: A legal document adding to, or amending an existing Will. A codicil is used where only a small change is needed and there is no need to make a new Will. This will appear as an appendix and will need to de signed, dated and kept with the original Will.

Estate: The total value of everything you own at your time of death, less any outstanding debts, taxes and costs.

Executor: A person you appoint to make sure the wishes stated in your Will are carried out. It is usual to appoint two people, but you can appoint up to a maximum of four. Executors can also benefit under the terms of the Will.

Gifts are normally:

  • Pecuniary (a specific sum of money),
  • Residuary (generally stated as a percentage share of what is left after all other gifts have been made) or
  • Specific (a particular item or property).

Guardian: A person appointed by a parent to look after their children in the event of their death before the children reach adulthood.

Intestacy: Dealing with the estate if you die without a valid Will.

Intestate: A person who passes away without a valid Will, the law then declares intestacy and decides how your assets will be distributed, regardless of your wishes.

Inheritance Tax: A tax levied at 40% of the value of your estate over the first £325,000. Gifts to your spouse or a charity are exempt.

Legator: A person who is deceased and has left part of or all of their estate to their loved ones or causes that they care about.

Probate: The process that determines whether your Will is valid.

Witness: Someone who signs your will in your presence, who must not be a beneficiary.

You can request our Free guide to leaving a gift in your will and becoming a Pet Visionary:

  • We will use the above information for the purpose of fulfilling your wishes relating to and keeping you informed about legacies. Additionally if you would like to be kept up to date with the latest news, fundraising, events and volunteering please tick your preferences below.
  • Should you wish to change your communication preferences at any time please email legacy@rspcaleicester.org.uk or call 0116 233 6677. Information about how we use your personal data is set out in our privacy notice, published at www.rspcaleicester.org.uk/ privacy-notice

Opening Hours

Centre Open for General Animal Viewing
We are open to the public to have a look around on Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Pet Shop and Reception
Open 7 Days a week
Monday - Friday: 08:30 to 16:30
Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00

If you are interested in adopting an animal in our care, please go to the animal profile pages and complete the contact forms. Our team will then contact you to discuss the current adoption process.

Contact Us

Woodside Animal Centre
190 Scudamore Road,

General Enquiries: 0116 233 6677
Woodside Pet Shop: 0116 233 6677
RSPCA Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999

Email: animalcare@rspcaleicester.org.uk

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