Leave a Gift in your Will

Make your love for animals last forever

When you sit down to write your will and reflect on everyone and everything dearest to you over the years, are animals on your list?

If you’ve ever experienced a pet’s unconditional love, please consider honouring them by leaving a gift to the Nova Scotia SPCA in your will. No matter the size, your bequest makes a real difference. From the most basic necessities like food and safety, to veterinary care and lifesaving medicine, your gift gives homeless animals the healing they need and the love they deserve.  You will be their guardian angel.

Ways you can make a planned gift:

We receive many calls from supporters asking if we will accept certain gifts. Thank you for your generosity and for thinking of the animals of the Nova Scotia SPCA! We do accept the following gifts:

    • Bequests (Specific, Residual, Contingent)
    • Gifts from a Trust
    • Publicly Listed Securities  (shares, stocks, bonds or units of a mutual fund trust)
    • Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)
    • Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)
    • Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs)
    • Life Insurance
    • Real Estate
    • Charitable Remainder Trusts

Donate Securities!

Wording for your will (bequest):

Specific Bequest

“I give to The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the sum of $__ _.  I request that the funds be used for the highest priority need.”

Residual Bequest

“I give to The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ___%  of the residue of my estate. I request that the funds be used for the highest priority need.”

 Key Information

Legal name: The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

Charitable Registration number: 134 704 741 RR0001

Caring for your pets when you are no longer able:

It’s natural to be concerned about your pet’s welfare when you pass on. If you do not have a friend or family member to help you in the future, have peace of mind knowing that the SPCA will provide care and shelter for your pet and find them a new loving home. Plan your pet’s future by adding this clause to your will:

“If I have any pets at my death and have not made alternative provision for their care and welfare, I give those pets to The Nova Scotia SPCA. Without imposing any trust I ask the SPCA to take any action the SPCA in its absolute discretion considers necessary for the welfare of my pets, including:

  • Finding a suitable new home; or
  • Placing my pets in a specifically selected foster home; or
  • Including my elderly pets in the Seniors Foster Program.”

We would like to thank you!

If you have decided to leave a gift in your will to the animals of the Nova Scotia SPCA, please let us know your plans — we would love to thank you for your kindness! It helps us honour your wishes if we know ahead of time:

  • Why you are making the gift
  • Your intentions for the gift
  • The way you wish to be acknowledged

If you would like to remain anonymous, we will make a note of that and absolutely respect your wishes.


Planning for the future is the thoughtful thing to do for your loved ones but it can be difficult at times. We’re here to help you! Please contact us with any questions you might have.


Liz LeClair, CFRE
Director of Advancement