Bequest leads to furry namesakes
Owen Whisker might sound like a great name for a cat.
It’s also the name of an Auckland man who works for Public Trust in Greenlane.
For 10 years he has been diligently managing a trust which supports the SPCA.
Twenty years ago Molly Alberta Beebe Wyatt died and left instructions in her will for Public Trust to administer her estate and hold the balance on trust until 2015.
It was her wish that during the lifetime of the trust, funds generated from her residuary estate be used for the care of cats by the Wellington SPCA.
Every year since 1995 Public Trust has fulfilled its client’s final wishes with annual distributions that culminated in a total of $152,858 to the animal welfare organisation.
The balance of the estate income and remaining capital totalling $247,158 was handed over recently.
Over the years the SPCA named kittens Molly, Alberta, Beebe and Wyatt after their compassionate benefactor.
One wee tabby was named Owen Whisker as a token of appreciation for Whisker’s work and was rehomed with ‘‘a lovely lady and her older cat’’.
The SPCA is a popular choice for distributions, Public Trust charitable services national manager Sue Taylor says.
‘‘Animals, especially cats offer great comfort and friendship – particularly with the older ladies, and are often remembered in their final wishes.’’
Owen Whisker and his tiny namesake.