Dogs Trust

A Gift That’ll Keep Tails Wagging

By leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in your Will, you will be creating a better future for dogs in Ireland.

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For many of us, our Will is our last opportunity to ensure the people we love are looked after when we're gone. But it can also be a chance to have a lasting impact on the causes closest to our hearts. A way in which our values and beliefs live on.

We understand, your loved ones will always come first. However, we are so grateful that some of our wonderful supporters are also choosing to honour their love of dogs with a gift to Dogs Trust Ireland in their Will.

These amazing gifts come in all different shapes and sizes. Some gifts are large, some are small, some are for a specified amount and others for a percentage of whatever is left over after family and friends are looked after.

But all these gifts have one thing in common, every gift will help bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Your parting gift is a wonderful way to thank the dogs you love for a lifetime of joy.

"Why we've given the gift of a lifetime". Press play to hear why Michael, Heather and Valerie have chosen to include Dogs Trust Ireland in their Wills.

Katie, our Senior Fundraising Officer would be happy to answer any question you might have about leaving a gift in your Will. You can call her on 01 879 1000 (Option 3) or email Katie[email protected]

Your Gift Will Help Save Dogs Like Me

Hi I’m Miley! Leaving a gift in your Will is a huge decision, so I wanted to tell you about the enormous impact your gift can have on the lives of dogs like me.

When I was first carried through the doors of the rehoming centre I was in a bad way. I’d been shot. I was in so much pain. I thought I’d never be able to walk again, and that I might not make it.

But things began to change when I got to Dogs Trust. They couldn’t save my leg but they did save my life. After my surgery, they provided me with the love and care I needed to grow strong.

Their kindness showed me that not all people are bad. In fact, some are really, really good, especially dog lovers like you who make the work Dogs Trust do possible. I’m alive and happy and living the best doggie life in my forever home thanks to people like you. I want that for every dog and I know you do too.

Do you dream of a day when all dogs can live a happy life free from the threat of it being cut short? A gift to Dogs Trust Ireland in your Will, will make that day a reality. Isn’t that an incredible legacy to leave!

Will you leave a gift to Dogs Trust Ireland in your Will and ensure your love of dogs lives forever?

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    Michael O'Brien

    A gift in our Will is my way of giving back to dogs who've brought so much joy to our lives. Our children are happy that we have found a way to make sure our love for dogs can live on after us.

    Heather Lloyd

    It gives me a real sense of satisfaction to know that my support will give dogs who need it a second chance at a happy life, as a dog lover, I feel it's my duty.

    Valerie Reilly

    I've seen the exceptional care that Dogs Trust give to their dogs. I dream of a day when every dog will have the chance of a happy life. And I know a gift to Dogs Trust in my Will can help make that dream a reality.

    Joan Borland

    Even though I don't own a dog, I still want to play my part in taking care of them. A Gift in my Will means I can continue to be there for the dogs who need me, long after I'm gone.

    Terri Cowan

    We want whatever good we've done in life to live on after us. Our gift to Dogs Trust is our way of making that possible.

    Mary Cadogan 

    Dogs are my passion; I'd never be without one. A Gift in my Will to Dogs Trust will allow my love of dogs to live forever.

Simple Steps To Making To Making The Gift of a Lifetime

Your Will can help make your wishes clear to the loved ones you leave behind, making it easy to ensure the people you care for most are provided for.

So we want to make it as easy as possible for you with our simple steps to writing your Will.

1. Make a list of all your assets — such as your home, savings and car, and your liabilities such as debts or mortgages.

2. Make a list of your beneficiaries — your family, your loved ones, and, if you choose, Dogs Trust Ireland too.

3. Appoint an executor — who will be responsible for your Will and carrying out your wishes — this can be a trusted friend or relation, or a solicitor.

4. Meet your solicitor — who will write your Will, and ensure it is stored in a safe place.

5. Remember you can change your mind at any time, so you can revise your Will at different stages of your life.

Want to learn more about how you can keep saving dogs with a gift in your Will? Let us help you!

Call Katie on 01 879 1000 (Option 3) or email [email protected]

Walkies Down Memory Lane

Dogs Trust has been saving the lives of lost, abandoned and neglected dogs since 1981, arriving in Ireland in 2005 with a mission, to end the needless destruction of healthy dogs.

Back then 48 dogs, were put to sleep every single day. It was a situation that dog lovers like you agreed couldn't be allowed to continue.

And so, with our amazing supporters by our side, we set about our work to save as many dogs as we possibly could. Since then, thanks to people like you, the number of dogs put to sleep every day has been reduced to fewer than two.

But the job is far from over, we never give up on a healthy dog, and that's why we need people like you who believe in a better future for dogs in Ireland.

We believe that together we can bring about a day where every dog in Ireland can live a healthy, happy life free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

We won't stop until that day comes and we hope you won't either.

Our Promise To You


When you support Dogs Trust Ireland, we understand you are trusting us to protect and care for abandoned and neglected dogs and puppies.

We take your trust incredibly seriously, and that's why we promise:

1. To follow the Statement of Recommended Practice for Financial Reporting by Charities (SORP) standard, which is recommended by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB).

2. To promote best practice in fundraising and adhere to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

3. To make sure our annual reports are available to view at all times on our website or alternatively, you can call or email us and we will send you out copies.

4. To honour your wishes and make sure your values and beliefs live on after you.

If you ever have any questions about how your generous donations are helping us save more dogs, you call Katie on 01 879 1000 (Option 3) or email [email protected]