Leave a Legacy for Animals

“I have been passionate about protecting animals my whole life. I decided to remember HSI in my will so I can be there in the future, continuing to help defend our precious animals. My hope is that the next generation will see a world that is so much kinder toward our animal friends.” – Jennifer, HSI/UK supporter

More and more HSI/UK supporters like Jennifer are choosing to leave gifts in their wills to protect animals all over the world. Thank you so much for thinking of funding our work in this special way.

Leaving a gift in your will is very straightforward, and we’re here to help make it as simple as possible for you. On this page, you will find our free guide to will-making and legacies, information on how to leave a gift to HSI/UK and answers to frequently asked questions.

We hope that you find this information useful. If you would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with our legacy director, Adam West, for a friendly and confidential chat on 020 4548 1495 or acwest@hsi.org.

Your free guide

Jean Chung

We have produced a free guide to help make it easy to remember animals in your will. It contains:

  • Information on how to make a will, and what to do.
  • Information on the different types of gift you can leave.
  • Recommended clause wording for your legacy gift.
  • Information on how your legacy can protect animals long into the future.

Download it here.

How to leave a gift

To leave a gift to HSI/UK, all you need is our official name, address and charity number to give to your solicitor or will-maker:

Name: The Humane Society International (UK)
Address: 5 Underwood Street, London, N1 7LY
Charity Number: 1098925

Before visiting your solicitor or will-maker, it is worth considering the type of gift you would like to make.

Residuary gift

This is a gift of a set percentage of your estate after all other gifts have been made and debts cleared. Leaving a percentage of your estate means you’re less likely to need to update your will in the future. The percentage remains unchanged if the value of your estate rises or falls over time. In this case, please ask your solicitor or will-maker to use the following wording:

“I leave x% of the residue of my estate to The Humane Society International (UK), 5 Underwood Street, London, N1 7LY, registered charity number 1098925.”

Cash gift

This is also known as a pecuniary gift, and is a fixed sum of money. In this case, please ask your solicitor or will-maker to use the following wording:

“I leave the sum of £x to The Humane Society International (UK), 5 Underwood Street, London, N1 7LY, registered charity number 1098925.”

Gift restrictions

It is possible to specify that you would like your gift to only be used on an area of our work you are particularly passionate about; however, it is important to talk to us about this beforehand, so that we are able to advise you and ensure that your intentions for protecting animals are correctly expressed.

From all of us, deep and sincere thanks for your generosity and compassion.

Frequently asked questions


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- Who can help me make a will?

We strongly recommend that you make a will through an accredited solicitor. You can find a solicitor local to you by using the search function on the Law Society’s website.

Choose the website for the country where you live:

In England and Wales: lawsociety.org.uk

In Scotland: lawscot.org.uk

In Northern Ireland: lawsoc-ni.org

+ What information do I need to leave a gift in my will?

To leave a gift to HSI/UK, all you need is our official name, address and charity number:

Name: The Humane Society International (UK)
Address: 5 Underwood Street, London, N1 7LY
Charity Number: 1098925

Your solicitor or will-maker will be able to advise you on the specific wording of any gift, but we offer general guidance in the above section ‘How to leave a gift’.

+ How will you spend my gift?

Legacy gifts make up over a quarter of HSI/UK’s income. Our work wouldn’t be possible without them.

If you leave a gift in your will to HSI/UK, it will be used to help end animal suffering in the over 50 countries where we are active. Your gift will help rescue animals who are suffering, end cruel industries such as the fur and dog meat trades, create and strengthen laws to protect animals, and confront animal cruelty in all of its forms. Read this website to find out more.

You can also check out our Annual Report to learn more about our priority areas of work and how we spend the donations we receive to protect animals all over the world.

+ Can I leave a gift to a specific area of work?

Yes, you can. However it is important to talk to us about this beforehand, so that we are able to advise you and ensure that your intentions for protecting animals are correctly expressed.

To discuss restricting a legacy gift, please get in touch with our legacy director, Adam West, on 020 4548 1495 or at acwest@hsi.org

+ I’m an executor administering a gift – how do I contact you?

Thank you so much for your work in administering a gift that has been left to HSI/UK.

Please get in touch with us at info@hsiuk.org and a member of our Legacies Team will reply within 2-3 working days.

+ I have further questions – how do I contact you?

If you live in the UK or in Europe, please get in touch with our legacy director, Adam West, on 020 4548 1495 or at acwest@hsi.org. He will be happy to help with any questions you have.

If you live in the U.S., please contact Joan Winograd at jwinograd@hsi.org.

If you live elsewhere, please contact us here .

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