Remember to include pets in your will
Remembering animals when creating your will is a valuable and important opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for animals in need, and also to make plans for your own pets.
That’s the message from the RSPCA.
RSPCA Australia chief executive Richard Mussell said while it could be uncomfortable to think about what would happen after you died, planning ahead for the inevitable was crucial to ensure your wishes were followed.
“That includes continuing support for the causes you care about, as well as allowing for the ongoing care of any pets you own,” he said.
“For example, leaving a gift to the RSPCA in your will can help ensure a better future for all Australia’s animals, including the more than 120,000 animals across the nation who come through our doors each year.
“Gifts in wills are vital to the RSPCA, and these gifts are currently supporting more than one in three of the animals in our care.
“Future gifts will allow us to continue our 150-year heritage in helping all creatures great and small.”
In addition to the importance of creating a will in planning for the ongoing care of any pets, Safewill — an online will-writing platform that has partnered with the RSPCA — actively prompts users to consider leaving a charitable gift in their will, something that helps charities such as the RSPCA that rely on the generosity of the community.
“As little as one per cent of your estate could make a world of difference in the lives of surrendered pets and stray animals,” Safewill founder Adam Lubofsky said.
“And we’re comforted by the fact that 41 per cent of wills written by Safewill included care wishes for the family pet, meaning their care will continue when the pet parent dies.”
To commemorate the new partnership, a limited-time exclusive offer is available to RSPCA supporters, offering a 50 per cent discount off the usual cost of a will until October 17.
● For more information, visit safewill.com/rspca