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Where there’s a will…there’s a cat charity

17 January 2014
Where there’s a will…there’s a cat charity Cats Protection is urging animal lovers to remember pets in their wills during Remember a Charity Week (9-15 September) following the success of a new shop which was made possible by a generous legacy from a long-time supporter.

Sheila Hillas of Pudsey left a substantial amount of money to the UK’s leading feline welfare charity which enabled it to open the new shop in Horsforth, Leeds in July.

The shop is expected to raise an extra £15,000 to £18,000 a year for the local branch to help unwanted cats in the area and provides a window into the world of Cats Protection.

“We’re so grateful to Sheila as we wouldn’t have been able to do this without her,” said shop manager Jimmy Cunniff. “It’s also a great investment of her funds as her legacy will be used to generate even more income to help us to rehome and neuter which I’m sure she would approve of.

“More than half our cats are cared for thanks to gifts in wills as over half of our funding as a charity comes from this source. We rely on legacies to help us keep the special promise that underpins all of our vital work: that we will never put a healthy cat to sleep.”

However, the charity says one consequence of the recession is that the average value of the legacies it receives has declined over the past few years so it is asking anyone making or amending a will to think about including a donation to a charity once they have looked after family and friends.

As many cat owners are concerned about who will look after their cat when they are gone, Cats Protection is keen to let people know it runs a free sign-up service called Cat Guardians. This means the charity will promise to take care of the cat in the event of the owner’s death and try to find it a loving new home.

Cats Protection is one of 140 charities taking part in Remember a Charity Week which is being supported by veteran journalist and newsreader, Angela Rippon.

“I’ve supported a number of charities during my lifetime, and it’s something I want to continue to do as part of my legacy,” she said. “Around 40,000 people will make or amend a will this week alone, raising £40 million for good causes. If just six per cent more people included a gift to charity in their will, we could raise an additional £40m this week, providing essential funding to help charities to continue their good work.”

For full details about how to remember Cats Protection in your will and to receive a free Gifts in Wills booklet visit www.cats.org.uk/giftsinwills.

A dedicated Gifts in Wills team is also on hand to answer any queries via giftsinwills@cats.org.uk or Tel: 01825 741 271.

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For more information, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on media.office@cats.org.uk or 01825 741 911

Notes to Editors:

1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 218,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.

2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.

4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk