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Who will look after them when you’re gone?

Norah Casey with Thor launching the ISPCA's Home Forever Programme.

Do you worry about what will happen to your pet?

About Home Forever

The ISPCA has created the Home Forever programme to make sure we’re there if the worst were to happen. If you become incapacitated, or move into residential care or pass away, we will look after your pets. Home Forever gives you the peace of mind that there can still be a bright future ahead for your beloved pet. The ISPCA will be on hand to look after your pet and we will do all we can to find a new and loving home.

How to join the Home Forever Programme

Becoming a member of the Home Forever Programme is simple. All you need to do is inform your Solicitor and your family or next of kin of your wishes.
There are four simple steps

  1. Request an ISPCA Home Forever information pack by completing your details in the form below. You can contact our fundraising team on 043 3325035 or email fundraising@ispca.ie,

  2. Contact your solicitor, make your wishes known. If you have already made a Will, then your solicitor will need to add a codicil to your Will. This additional clause will ensure executors are fully aware of the wishes to pass legal responsibility of your pet to the ISPCA. The wording for the Home Forever clause for inclusion in your Will is detailed at the bottom of the page

  3. Make a bequest to the ISPCA and make your family or next of kin aware of your wishes. The wording for leaving the ISPCA a gift in your Will is detailed below at the bottom of the page.

  4. Inform the ISPCA that you want to become a member of the Home Forever programme and that you have advised your solicitor/family of your wishes. Complete the registration form which is in your information pack and return to the ISPCA. The ISPCA will then register your membership on the database and send you a card for your wallet. The card should be kept in your wallet or purse at all times. You should detail on the card the name of the individual to be contacted if you become incapacitated, move into residential care or pass away.

What does the ISPCA promise?

Once the ISPCA are informed about a Home Forever member’s death, we will arrange for pet(s) to come into our care. The ISPCA will do all we can to ensure your pets are very well cared for by our trained and dedicated staff. Once vet checked, we will then search to find them loving new homes in line with our rehoming policies and procedures. The ISPCA carry out home checks on all potential new pet owners and if approved, your pet(s) will be adopted to become part of a new family.

Contact Details

If you have any queries, please contact Ann Howgego, ISPCA Fundraising Manager on 043 3325035 extension 3 or email Fundraising@ispca.ie

Home Forever Brochure

For further information on the programme, please download our brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Once the ISPCA are informed about a Home Forever member’s death, we will arrange for your pet(s) to come into our care. The ISPCA will do all we can to ensure your pets are very well cared for by our trained and dedicated staff. Once vet checked, we will then search to find them loving new homes in line with our rehoming policies and procedures. The ISPCA carry out home checks on all potential new pet owners and if approved, your pet(s) will be adopted to become part of a new family.
You can find out more about the Home Forever programme, by applying for an Information pack. Complete the on-line application form below and the ISPCA will send you details in the post.
Signing up is easy, your solicitor just needs to update your will with a simple clause, please find sample wording below. If you already have a will, this can be done by adding a Codicil. This clause will ensure your executors are fully aware of your wishes to pass the legal responsibility of your pet(s) to the ISPCA. Once you’ve amended your will with the Home Forever clause, you can return the registration form which was included in the information pack. If you haven’t an information pack, you can complete the details in the application form below – see ISPCA Home Forever Information Pack.
Once you have added the ISPCA Home Forever wording into your will, your executor will know to contact us should anything happen to you. However, we also recommend telling your family, friends and neighbours that you want the ISPCA to take in your pets in the event of your death. That way, if the situation is more urgent, they’ll be able to contact us straight away so that we can start making arrangements for your pet(s) to come into our care. We will provide you with a wallet card, which can be kept with you at all times. These items have all our contact details on them.
It is our rehoming procedure that, before anyone can adopt a pet from the ISPCA, they must complete an adoption application form. We meet all new potential owners and also carry out a home check. This way, there are no impulsive decisions and we can ensure all pets are going to the right homes where they will be loved and cared for. We also follow up with a post-adoption check to make sure the pet(s) is settling in well and are here to help answer any questions.
We have facilities to take most pets. Although spaces for larger animals such as horses may be limited, we do have some facilities for them. However, we may have more difficulty rehoming fish or exotic animals.
As long as your wishes are clearly stated in your will and you have included the ISPCA name and registered charity number CHY 5619 and Charity Regulatory Authority Number 20008734 this should not be a problem, but always check with your solicitor. See Suggested Wordings for your will for details.
There's no limit to the number of pets that you can register under our Home Forever programme. However, if you’d like to register more than six pets please contact the Fundraising team first on 043 33 25035 extension 3 or email fundraising@ispca.ie.
While sympathising with any animal owner that may be taken ill, the ISPCA does not provide temporary care for animals. Ultimately, an owner is responsible for their animals and should endeavour to make arrangements for the care of their pets as soon as they can. This could be a neighbour or relative looking after them or it could involve boarding animals. If a hospital stay is likely to be long term, pet owners could consider surrendering the animal(s) to a local SPCA or rescue for rehoming. But that would be a permanent arrangement.
If you find yourself in this situation, please call the Fundraising team on: 043 33 25035 extension 3 or email fundraising@ispca.ie. and we will be able to provide you with advice
If you wish for your pets to be rehomed together, please do highlight this in your will. Although we are unable to guarantee this will be possible, we will do everything we can to honour your wishes. We always do what we feel is best for all animal in our care. If trying to find a new owner for more than one animal together involves them spending longer in an animal centre, we will review what’s best for the animal.
The Home Forever programme is a free service. But did you know that the cost of looking after a dog on average is around €2,000 per annum. The ISPCA will care for your pet and find them a loving home. For this service, we ask you to consider a minimum of a €1,000 contribution through a gift in your will. We simply wouldn't exist without public donations, and without kind gifts left to us by our supporters in their wills. This is why many supporters decide to leave a gift in their Will to the ISPCA so we can continue our vital work caring for the animals that need us the most.
Legacies are vital to the existence of the ISPCA, and without the help of supporters like you that have remembered the ISPCA in your wills, we would be unable to sustain our animal welfare operations and our rescue centres; both of which help many abused and neglected animals.
The ISPCA is heavily reliant upon the generosity of our supporters. Approximately 90% of our income comes from public donations and gifts in wills. We receive 10% from government. Your gift will allow the ISPCA to rescue, rehabilitate and responsibly rehome animals that have been cruelly treated, neglected or abused. Every legacy gift is important to us.

Find out more

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence; here's how to get in touch. You can speak to our fundraising team on 043 33 25035 (extension 3) or write to us at ISPCA Fundraising Section, National Animal Centre, Derryglogher, Keenagh, Co. Longford or email fundraising@ispca.ie.

ISPCA Home Forever Information Pack

To Request a Home Forever Information Pack, please complete the following details

Norah Casey with Gizmo

Norah Casey with Paddington

 

Suggested Wordings for your Will

ISPCA Home Forever wording

"In the event that any pet animal of mine survives me and I have made no other provisions for its care, I direct my Trustees to notify the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of ISPCA, Home Forever Programme, National Animal Centre, Derryglogher, Keenagh, Co Longford, Ireland, N39X 257(Registered Charity No CHY 5619; Company No 460571, CRA No 20008734) as soon as practical after my death and request the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) both to relieve the Trustees of responsibility for the animals and to endeavour to place it in a suitable environment having absolute discretion to deal with the welfare of the animal as it considers fit and I direct also that (the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals having accepted such a request) the animal shall not form part of my residuary estate".

If you would like to remember the animals with a gift to the ISPCA in your will, your solicitor might use the following suggested wording:

"I give a sum of______, all (or a ________% share of) the residue of my estate to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), National Animal Centre, Home Forever Programme, Derryglogher, Keenagh, Co Longford, Ireland N39X 257 (Registered Charity No CHY 5619, Company No 460571, CRA No 20008734) for its general charitable purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge".

Retired ISPCA Inspector Brendan Hughes talks about Home Forever

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