Be­quest leads to furry name­sakes

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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