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How smaller legacies can be a lasting gift

This week is Remember A Charity Week, and the NAWT is working hard to bust the myth that only extremely wealthy people can leave a charity like us, a gift in their Will.

The legacies we receive at NAWT can vary in size and a gift of any amount can help a homeless rescue animal in need of some TLC or vet help.

Meet the animals we have met over the last year whose lives were changed thanks to gifts in Wills.

Mavis the cat

Mavis arrived as into our care as a stray. After being found, she was handed into a nearby vets who contacted us.

Mavis was in our care for 424 days and during her time with us her vet bills amounted to £787.82.

She was already neutered but due to some health conditions Mavis needed a specialist diet. This cost approximately £30 a month.

A legacy of any amount could help pay for a cat like Mavis’ on-going care during their time with us.

Mavis has since been happily rehomed and is doing really well. 

Buttercup and Strider

Buttercup was brought into our care heavily pregnant and she later gave birth to six kittens.

One of the kittens, Strider, loved nothing more than tearing around with his feline friends. Sadly this led to Strider breaking his leg. 

Several weeks of recuperation and dedication from our vets and staff and he was back up and running again, and is now happily rehomed, however, Striders vet bills alone cost £591.35.

Trooper the cat

In our care for 296 days Trooper was a Siamese cat with a big personality. He was fostered during that time with us by a local vet, who very much enjoyed his company and his funny character. 

As a likely result of poor breeding Trooper had a deformity with his back legs and hip and also suffered with a very sensitive tummy resulting in long bouts of diarrhoea. 

Trooper’s vet care, excluding his special diet, came to just over £500. Trooper now has been very happily rehomed and is doing well with his new family. 


Our centre in Bedfordshire is currently home to four rats who came to them in a poor condition.

They’re currently battling to get on top of a respiratory and nasal infection, so far we’ve spent £309 on various testing and medication for them. Rats also require special food, bedding and of course lots of toys and treats! 

We’re still trying to get these little cuties back to full heath after which they’ll be available for rehoming. 

To find out more about how you can leave a legacy to help support our staff and give the animals in our care a second chance, click here.


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