Dogs Trust

Wills and Legacies

A Gift That Will Keep Tails Wagging

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

A Will is an incredibly special thing.

For many of us it’s our last opportunity to make sure that 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 we can make sure our values and beliefs live on after us.

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 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 have been looked after.

But all these gifts have one thing in common, every gift will help bring about the day where 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".
Watch to hear why Michael, Heather, and Valerie have chosen to include a gift to Dogs Trust in their Wills.

Gillian, our Fundraising Manager 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 [email protected]

Your gift will help save dogs like me

Hi I’m Miley! I know 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. You see, a gift in your Will really is the gift of a lifetime. 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 Dogs Trust came into the picture. 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 and patience showed me that not all people are bad. In fact, some are really, really good, especially dog lovers like you who make Dog Trust’s work possible. I’m alive and happy and living the best doggy 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 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 in your Will and ensure your love of dogs lives forever?

Stories from Dog Lovers

    Michael O'Brien

    Read about Michael's love of dogs and why he is leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in his will.

    Read Michael's Story

    Heather Lloyd

    Read about Heather love of dogs and why she is leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in her will.

    Read Heather's Story

    Valerie Reilly

    Read about Valerie's love of dogs and why she is leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in her will.

    Read Valerie's Story

    Joan Borland

    Read about Joan's love of dogs and why she is leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in her will.

    Read Joan's Story

    Terri Cowan

    Read about Terri's love of dogs and why she is leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in her will.

    Read Terri's Story

    Mary Cadogan 

    Read about Mary's love of dogs and why she is leaving a gift to Dogs Trust in her will.

    Read Mary's Story

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 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 Gillian 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, 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:

  • To follow the Statement of Recommended Practice for Financial Reporting by Charities (SORP) standard, which is recommended by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB).
  • To promote best practice in fundraising and adhere to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
  • 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.
  • 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 can call Gillian on 01 879 1000 (option 3) or email her at [email protected]

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