Leaving a gift in your Will


If you are considering a gift in your Will to RSPCA Leicestershire 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 need for our care and support of neglected and abandoned animals will sadly continue.

We are a local charity caring for these animals and rely totally on the generosity of our supporters in Leicestershire and Rutland to fund our work to help and protect animals which might be in your street, your city, town or village or in a dangerously isolated and remote location.

Animals such as:

Bully the Bull dog, 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.

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 vets 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.

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 which helps us re-build the lives of animals in need and give them a future worth living.

It’s so easy

Your solicitor or Will professional adviser simply needs:

Our registered charity number: 222621

Our registered charity name: RSPCA Leicestershire Branch (Woodside Animal Centre)

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

Getting professional advice to ensure you have a good Will:

Dying without a Will can create many problems for those left behind, at an already difficult time.

If you need a solicitor to help write your Will please call/email us – we might even be able to organise a Free Will if this would help.


Making a Will might be easier, and cost less money, than you think. The only decision you should make before contacting your solicitor is:

· Whether you would prefer to give a % gift (which can be any percentage from 1%-100%) or a specific sum of money

· Whether you would like us to try and re-home your pet beyond your lifetime. There is a separate section on this website about this service

Gift in Wills typically fund 4 out of 10 the animals in our care. Without such gifts we would struggle to care for so many neglected and abandoned animals – a shocking thought.

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”

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.

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

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

Reception and Animal Centre:
Animal appointments
Mon, Tue, Wed and Sun - 10am to 4pm

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.

Centre visits / look arounds:
Thurs & Sat Only – 11am to 3pm
We will limit numbers on site for the protection of staff and visitors we would ask for your patience in this matter
The Animal Centre is shut on Fridays

Pet Shop:
Open 7 Days a week – 10am -4pm
We would request that you continue to wear a mask in indoor areas and sanitise your hands regularly
Thank you for your cooperation

Please note: The Animal Centre is closed for animal viewings on Sat 20th and Sun 21st, this weekend, due to the Christmas market

Contact Us

Woodside Animal Centre
190 Scudamore Road,
Leicester LE3 1UQ

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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