Your legacy – their future

For more than 20 years, Forever Hounds Trust has been a lifeline for dogs in need.

We work towards the day when every greyhound and lurcher is free from risk and fear.

Leaving us a gift in your Will ensures we continue to be there to help thousands more dogs who would otherwise face an uncertain future.

Gifts in Wills have already helped us find loving homes for over 9,000 dogs, helped us to provide essential vet care, ensure the sanctuary of kennel spaces, keep our vans on the road to rescue dogs in desperate situations, and provide expert behavioural support— all to give dogs a second chance in life. Our vital work to rescue, rehabilitate and home these beautiful dogs is only made possible through the generosity of people leaving us a gift in their Will. Remember Forever Hounds Trust in your Will and give more dogs a safe and happy future.”

Making or amending your will

We have set out below the recommended wording for different types of legacy. In order to guarantee as far as possible that your wishes are actioned it is necessary for you to make a Will formally documenting your wishes for the charity to receive a bequest from you. You should take professional advice regarding the options available to you and the various points to consider when making a Will.

If we can provide further support or advice, or if you have any questions, then please contact us via legacy@foreverhoundstrust.org, or please give us a call on 03000 125 125 and leave your details, and Susan Kerry Bedell (Head of Communications) will get back to you.

Thank you.

Recommended wording

You can also download this wording here

  1. Residuary gift to Forever Hounds Trust under a Will (if you wish to leave your estate or a share/percentage of your estate to Forever Hounds Trust)

“Subject to the payment of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses I GIVE the whole/[or insert percentage %} of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my will to the Forever Hounds Trust (registered charity number: 1131399) of PO Box 1601 Oxford, OX4 9JZ absolutely and I DECLARE that the receipt of the honorary treasurer or other proper officer of the said Forever Hounds Trust for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.”

  1. Pecuniary/cash Legacy to Forever Hounds Trust (if you wish to leave a fixed sum)

“I GIVE the sum of [insert amount] [£     ] to Forever Hounds Trust (registered charity number: 1131399) of PO Box 1601 Oxford, OX4 9JZ and I DECLARE that the receipt of the honorary treasurer or other proper officer of the said Forever Hounds Trust for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.”

  1. Specific Legacy to Forever Hounds Trust (if you wish to leave a specific item)

“I GIVE my [insert description of gift] to Forever Hounds Trust (registered charity number: 1131399) of PO Box 1601 Oxford, OX4 9JZ and I DECLARE that the receipt of the honorary treasurer or other proper officer of the said Forever Hounds Trust for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.”

Your gift will leave a legacy of:

Care

Eimaer, a delightful whippet, came into our care weighing just 5kg. It was a long journey to take her from a sick and frightened little dog to the happy hound she is today. Forever Hounds Trust never considered giving up on her – we care enough to fight for dogs like Eimaer every step of the way.

Hope

Zico was abandoned and had been taken to a dog pound where he faced an uncertain future. He is now a much loved family pet after Forever Hounds Trust took him in and gave him hope for a new life, as we do for hundreds of dogs every year. For many of them, Forever Hounds Trust is their only hope.

Security

Marco was in urgent need of a place of safety. Forever Hounds Trust gave him the security, kindness and affection he so desperately needed, whilst waiting for his forever home. It wasn’t long before he was adopted and now has a secure future with his new family.

Companionship

When Joan lost her canine companion Ebony to old age, she was devastated. However, she knew she could offer a forever home to another hound: Robyn, a gentle, older greyhound was really in need of help and a quiet, cosy home with Joan seems ideal. Sure enough, they adore each other’s company and are so happy together.