Hello, Herbiecat here!
Whilst we cats have nine lives, our hoomans have only one; so what happens to us when they have used up that life? I have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle which I am not keen to give up and I’m sure you felines out there are the same. Turns out I was worrying for nothing because my savvy hoomans have registered me with the Cats Protection Cat Guardians scheme. So, what is this? It means that if I am left alone in this world the nice people at Cats Protection will collect me and look after me until a new hooman sees how amazing I am and adopts me. It’s a win-win situation.
Reasons to register with the scheme:
· It is completely free to register. You can donate or leave a gift, but there is no obligation. This is about making sure your cats are cared for.
· A healthy cat is never put to sleep, so CP will care for your much-loved cat for as long as it takes to find them a new home.
· All the cats you own are covered under the scheme, so long as at least one cat is registered.
· Age is no longer a barrier to cat ownership as you have the peace of mind that should your cat outlive you, he/she will be well cared for.
Now you’ve sorted your cat, what about you? Cats Protection can help you write your will.
Did you know Cats Protection offer this service? Me neither, but this is my experience of using the scheme.
A clearly written will is the only way to ensure that your final wishes are fulfilled, and to avoid confusion and stress for your loved ones at an already difficult time. Many of us put this off because no one likes to think about dying and the expense of dealing with a solicitor.
Cats Protection offers two free will writing options. I decided to use the National Free Wills Network scheme and had a positive experience. I requested the information pack, which arrived within a couple of days. The pack contains details of how the scheme works, a list of local participating solicitors and a form to give the solicitor at your appointment. From start to finish the process too just under three weeks (although it can take longer depending on the solicitor). The first appointment with the solicitor was to establish my wishes. A letter outlining the solicitor’s terms and conditions was then posted out to me. On their receipt, the will was drafted and posted to me so I could check the details and make any amendments. The second appointment was to sign the will. Approx. two days later I had a copy of the will in the post, and the peace of mind that my affairs are in order and should the worst happen my cats will be cared for.
The second will writing option available is the Goodwill Partnership which offers home visits from a will counsellor. They handle all the paperwork and liaise with a solicitor, so there is an option there for everyone.
I was really impressed that at no point was there any pressure to leave a gift to CP in the will, although they do hope that you will. Legacies and gifts do form an important part of Cats Protection’s income. From filling tummies with food and funding vital care, to helping build new centres, gifts in wills are at the centre of everything CP does for cats and kittens. These special gifts fund almost half the help given to cats filling their lives with love, care and helping them to have a brighter future. It was due to a generous legacy that the branch was able to open the shop in Roffey, but even the smallest gift makes a difference.
If you are interested in either the will writing scheme or leaving a bequest the Gifts in Wills team can be contacted in the following ways:
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Telephone: 01825 741271
Post: Gifts in Wills Team, NationalCat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7TT