Put simply: our charity would not survive without gifts in Wills.
They make up over 55% of our income, making it easy to see how much NAWT Rehoming centres rely on legacies to continue helping homeless and abandoned animals find their second chance in life.
There is a common misconception that only very wealthy people leave their favourite charity a gift in their Will, but this is not true.
We recently caught up with Ashley Stevens, who has been working at NAWT since June 2019, to ask her about the impact that Covid-19 has had on her role as an Animal Care Assistant at our Hertfordshire centre.
How has the Coronavirus changed your working life?
"Unfortunately, our centre has struggled. We’ve had to cancel our main fundraisers such as our open days and whilst we are closed to the public, we have no income from our cafe or reception/gift shop areas.
School re-openings are just a few weeks away. Furlough schemes are changing, and lockdown restrictions are loosening. What will it be like for the nation’s pets and their owners as home life changes?
There has been a lot of advice about preparing your pets for your return to work, but National Animal Welfare Trust recognises that after a long period at home, owners may well experience symptoms of separation anxiety as they spend more time away from home.
We have all enjoyed some glorious weather recently, sun cream has been needed and the BBQ has been very busy!
However the hot weather can be sometimes be dangerous for our animal friends, which is why the staff at NAWT have been taking extra steps to make sure they are happy, comfortable and healthy.
Poor Marley arrived at the NAWT Clacton centre in a very bad way and in need of urgent medical attention.
This shy, senior dog had large masses on his head and neck. His ears were also in need of treatment and he had painfully matted fur, making his daily life very uncomfortable.
It was clear to see that this sweet natured boy was affected by his ailments. He spent a lot of time just laying still on his bed, but with patience and the help of some tasty treats, the team made friends with Marley.