Charity urges people to remember pets in their wills

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Milton Keynes animal lovers are being urged to remember pets in their wills, following a slowdown in legacy giving that could affect thousands of unwanted cats and kittens, claims a charity.

Cats Protection, which has a branch in Milton Keynes, helps over 218,000 cats and kittens every year nationally, with half of those benefitting from funds raised by gifts in wills.

The charity says that the recession has meant the value of the legacies they receive has gradually declined over the last few years.

By joining with Remember a Charity Week (September 9-15), Cats Protection Milton Keynes & District hopes to raise awareness of how easy it is for people to leave a vital gift in their will.

“We are incredibly grateful for every gift we receive no matter what the size but, considering how valuable legacies are to us, the decline is of great concern,” said Marie Gillin, branch coordinator.

“Even the smallest gifts help us to provide cats with food, a warm bed, veterinary attention and, most importantly of all, find them a loving home – I would encourage anyone who supports us to continue doing so by leaving a gift in their will.”

For full details of 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 on hand to answer any queries via giftsinwills@cats.org.uk or tel: 01825 741 271.

If you are looking to adopt a cat or kitten or would like to volunteer, make a donation or become a member of the branch, contact Milton Keynes & District Cats Protection by email: info@mkcats.org.uk or tel: 01908 318810.

Further information is available at www.mkcats.org.uk or on Facebook www.facebook.com/MiltonKeynesDistrictCatsProtection