Gifts in Wills

Many people care deeply about the welfare of lost and abandoned companion animals. The Animal Welfare League (AWL) offers shelter and a second chance at happiness for thousands of unwanted cats, dogs, puppies and kittens.

The AWL’s work is crucial for both people and animals alike, and as a not-for-profit organisation that receives no direct Government funding, we rely on the support of caring individuals to provide essential financial support now and in the future.

Leaving a gift in your will to an organisation can be a life changing gesture.   

A bequest is when you make a gift of your personal property to a named person or organisation in your will you can do this in the following ways:

You should discuss the various types of bequests with your solicitor who can ensure the correct clause is entered into your will.

For more information on making a valuable bequest call the Animal Welfare League on (08) 8348 1327.

What types of bequests can I make?

The AWL provides for the care of pets, through foster homes, where the owners are no longer able to suitably care for the animal and who are prepared to make a financial donation to the AWL. Persons wishing the AWL to accept responsibility of the care of their pet following the death of such persons are required to make provision by way of a bequest and authority for the AWL to exercise such care by way of a clause in their Will. This means that your pet becomes the sole responsibility of the AWL.

A suitable suggestion for this type of clause is:

“I wish to give my [describe pet(s)/companion animal(s)] and the sum of [insert amount i.e. $20,000.00] to The Animal Welfare League of South Australia Incorporated of 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield South Australia (ABN 11 397 137 539) and I express the hope, but without imposing any trust or binding obligation on The Animal Welfare League of South Australia Incorporated of 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield South Australia (ABN 11 397 137 539) that by accepting this gift that they will look after [describe pet(s)/companion animal(s)].

The receipt of the chief executive officer, treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being is a sufficient discharge to my executors who are not bound to see the application thereof”.

You may wish to give a sum of money to the AWL.   However, the amount may reduce in value over time.  For example, $10,000.00 may not be worth as much in 20 years’ time.  You can include a clause to provide that the sum of money is to be adjusted to reflect the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 

A suitable suggestion for this type of clause is:

“I give [insert amount e.g. $10,000.00] to The Animal Welfare League of South Australia Incorporated of 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield South Australia (ABN 11 397 137 539).

The receipt of the chief executive officer, treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the Animal Welfare League is a sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of this gift.”

If you wish for the amount to be adjusted to reflect the CPI, you should then include:

“the amount referred to in paragraph [insert paragraph number] is to be adjusted for inflation from the date of this will to the date of my death according to the movement of the CPI between those two dates.”

You may wish to gift a specific item from your estate to the AWL.  This may include a piece of property, specific shares or a personal item.  However, if that asset does not form part of your estate on your death, it cannot be gifted to the AWL.

A suitable suggestion for this type of clause is:

“I give [clearly describe the item e.g. my property located at 123 Smith Street, Adelaide in the State of South Australia Certificate of Title Register Book Volume 1234 Folio 567] to The Animal Welfare League of South Australia Incorporated of 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield South Australia (ABN 11 397 137 539).

The receipt of the chief executive officer, treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the Animal Welfare League is a sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of this gift”

Once you have made provision for your family and after payment of your debts, funeral or testamentary expenses, you may wish to gift the whole of the residue of your estate to the AWL.

A suitable suggestion for this type of clause is:

“I give the whole of the residue of my estate to The Animal Welfare League of South Australia Incorporated of 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield South Australia (ABN 11 397 137 539).

The receipt of the chief executive officer, treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the Animal Welfare League is a sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of this gift”

Once you have made provision for your family and after payment of your debts, funeral or testamentary expenses, you may wish to gift a portion of the residue of your estate to the AWL.

A suitable suggestion for this type of clause is:

“I give [insert amount e.g. 50%] of the residue of my estate to The Animal Welfare League of South Australia Incorporated of 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield South Australia (ABN 11 397 137 539).

The receipt of the chief executive officer, treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the Animal Welfare League is a sufficient discharge to my executors in respect of this gift

The AWL recently received a generous bequest from the estate of Betty and Monty Soloff, who had been supporters of the AWL for many years.  Carol Soloff, their daughter, tells us the story of her hard working parents, who fundraised constantly for homeless animals.

“My parents’ involvement with the Animal Welfare League began in 1969, in fact only a few years after the League was founded. Mum and dad were great animal lovers and it was not long after arriving in Australia in 1964 that we acquired one dog and three cats, with two of the cats having been strays”.

But it was when her Dad rescued a frightened cat from under a portable classroom at the primary school that they found the Animal Welfare League.

“From there began a long association with the League. Our house became known as the “go to” place if people found stray animals – and a number of those strays ended up staying with us, rather than being taken to the League” laughs Carol.

During the 70’s, Betty and Monty became the “crème de la crème” of volunteers!  They organised Christmas donation runs, collecting all donations themselves, and in 1970 Monty organised a Walkathon, trekking eager fundraisers the 25km from Elizabeth to Magill, and raising both much needed funds and awareness for the AWL.

“Their efforts were recognised and in 1977 mum and dad were greatly honoured when they were invited to a Reception Lunch at the Elizabeth Civic Centre attended by Queen Elizabeth II. They were presented an award by the Queen for their services in the local community to the Animal Welfare League” continued Carol, “and mum was able to ask the Queen how her corgis were”.  Most apt!

Monty and Betty Soloff continued to support the League until the end of their lives; both passing away in the last 2 years. Their final support has been leaving a fantastic bequest to the work of the AWL, which is greatly appreciated.

 
 
 
 
Gifts in WIlls - Betty Soloff

Aileen Mehaffey was caring, beautiful person who loved her animals.  Her compassion and devotion to the lost, abandoned and surrendered animals at the AWL seem to know no bounds.  From being a regular monthly donor, to sponsoring a kennel for five years, Aileen adopted a cat and dog from the AWL, and as a final giving gesture, Aileen left a substantial bequest to the work of the AWL.

Her extended family of nephews and nieces presented the AWL with a most generous gift, telling us that her life was devoted to animals.

“Our aunt was a generous woman, and it does not surprise us at all that she has chosen to make this bequest, as her last parting gesture to animals in need” said Jenny, Aileen’s niece.

“We are very proud and happy to be able to see her work continue even after she has passed away”. 

We extend our most sincere, wholehearted thanks to Aileen Mehaffey for her years of devotion, compassion and ongoing financial support over the years.