Legacies

Puppy in hands of owner

A dog’s love is unconditional, and the comfort and joy they bring to people’s lives is beyond measure. We depend on them for their loyalty and companionship, but let’s not forget they depend on us too.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust relies purely on donations and legacies. Therefore, it is vital we receive donations from our supporters in order to fulfil the trust’s objectives, which make a huge difference to dogs’ lives.

If you have a strong commitment to the health and welfare of dogs, this is a special way to leave your legacy to dogs and ensure your commitment to them is carried forward into the future.

If you are thinking about leaving a legacy to the trust, please fill in the legacy pledge form and return to:

The Charitable Trust Administrator, 
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust,
Clarges Street, Piccadilly,
London, W1J 8AB

We understand that your first priority is to provide for your loved ones in your will. However, you may have a little extra to offer to a cause which you hold close to your heart, forever leaving a lasting legacy.

A few things to consider

  • Decide who you would like to remember in your will. You also need to consider who you want as executors of your will. These are the people who make sure all your wishes are followed through
  • Visit a solicitor to help you write your will. If you do not have a will already, a solicitor will be able to make sure all your requests are included and correctly articulated. If you already have a will and would like to include The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, it’s easy for the solicitor to add your gift by using what’s known as a ‘codicil’
  • Keep your will somewhere safe. Your solicitor may be able to store a copy for you but always keep another copy in a safe place that a trusted person knows about
  • Let us know of your intentions and please fill out the legacy pledge form, to give us the opportunity to say thank you

What type of gift you can leave in your will

There are three main types:

  • a pecuniary gift: a fixed sum of money
  • a residuary gift: you can pass on the residue of your estate (after all other commitments are met) to your chosen beneficiaries. This can be in total to one beneficiary or you can dictate the shares that a number of beneficiaries will receive
  • a specific gift: you can choose to give a particular item or belonging as a gift to your chosen beneficiaries

When adding The Kennel Club Charitable Trust to your will, we suggest you use the following wording to ensure your gift is valid:

Pecuniary gift (Fixed sum of money)

"I give the sum of ___ pounds to The Kennel Club Charitable Trust registered charity number 327802 of Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB and the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust shall be a complete discharge to my executors."

Residuary gift (share of your estate)

"I give (__%) of the residue of my residuary estate which I can dispose of by Will in any manner I think proper to The Kennel Club Charitable Trust registered charity number 327802 of Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB and the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust shall be a complete discharge to my executors."

Specific gift

"I give absolutely, my (name and description of item below) to The Kennel Club Charitable Trust registered charity number 327802 of Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB and the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust shall be a complete discharge to my executors."