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The DSPCA 1840 Society

1840 Legacy Society


By joining the 1840 Legacy Society, you will join a wonderful group of historical benefactors that date back to the Society’s founding, and be given the opportunity to be acknowledged during your life. 

The Society today was built on the vision and kindness of those that made a decision to leave a gift that would continue to help long after they passed. Legacy gifts vary in amount, and are all imperative to the continuance of the Society’s work.

Miss Swifte – Protecting cats from the 1800s

Miss Alice Mary Swifte who passed on the 9th of April in 1909, was one of the first recorded benefactors to the DSPCA, and bequeathed £4,000 (a value of €1.4M today) for the protection of cats. She was 85 when she passed and had dedicated her life to saving and looking after forsaken cats. Long before she passed, she made the decision that she would leave her estate to the Society. Her legacy requested that the Society work so that cats were to have the same treatment as dogs. Today her wishes are still held strong as we rescue and rehome thousands of cats each year and lobby for improved legislation for their protection.

When you join the 1840 Legacy Society, we give you the option of being acknowledged today and not only after you have gone as is the case with Miss Swifte.  Within our new expansion a Wall of Recognition will be raised and your name can be added. This is a new initiative and by joining this year you will become a founding member of the DSPCA 1840 Legacy Society. Perhaps one day your grandchildren and thousands of other animal lovers and beneficiaries of the Society’s work will read about your legacy and know that the Society is here because of your generosity.  

We know that many of you have already named the DSPCA as a beneficiary in your Will, but have not told us. Please let us know so that we can honour you on our Wall of Recognition. 

Making a Will is about making a lasting statement about what we value in life and what brings us joy. By leaving a gift in your Will to the DSPCA, Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare organisation, the gift you leave will have the greatest and longest lasting impact on animals. 

The 1840 Society willprotect the work of the DSPCA forever. We hope you’ll join us in securing the financial future of the Society.

To learn more and discuss options, please contact us on 01 4994700 or email fundraising@dspca.ie.

Types of Legacies

Bequest language

Donations of Life Insurance policies

Types of legacies


There are three different types of gifts that are most commonly given to The DSPCA through wills. We recommend you discuss each with your solicitor to find out which suits you best.

  • Pecuniary Legacy: This form of legacy allows you to give a specific sum of money to the DSPCA.

  • Residuary Legacy: If you would like to leave a gift from the remains of your estate after you have taken care of your family, friends and loved ones, you can bequeath the residue or % of the residue of your estate to the DSPCA

  • Specific Legacy: You can also bequeath a particular item of value, for example property, jewellery, shares or property to the DSPCA

Any bequests you make in your will to a registered charity are exempt from Gift or Inheritance Tax. Bequests to the DSPCA are tax free. So by leaving a gift to the DSPCA, you could substantially reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate.

Bequest language


If you already have a Will, it is easy to amend it to include a gift to the DSPCA. You can amend your existing will by completing a codicil, which your solicitor will help you draw up. Your solicitor or legal advisor may find the suggested wording below useful:

For a Pecuniary Bequest:

To the Board for the time being of the DSPCA having its registered office at DSPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Ireland; Charity Number: CHY1047, Registered Company Number 3437, I give and bequeath the sum of: euros (amount in words) for the general charitable purposes of the said organisation, the DSPCA, and the receipt of the Board of the DSPCA shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

For a Residuary Bequest: 

As to all the rest residue, and remainder of my Estate of whatsoever nature and whatsoever situate, I give devise and bequeath the same to the DSPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Ireland; Charity Number: CHY1047, Registered Company Number 3437, for the general charitable purposes of the said organisation, the DSPCA, and the receipt of the Board of the DSPCA shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

For a Specific Bequest: 

To the Board for the time being of the DSPCA having its registered office at DSPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Ireland; Charity Number: CHY1047, Registered Company Number 3437, I give and bequeath my: (State the specific item(s) you wish to leave to the DSPCA) for the general Charitable purposes of the said organisation, the DSPCA, and the receipt of the Board of the DSPCA shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Donations of Life Insurance


Donations of life insurance in Ireland allow you to make a significant donation down the road by making modest contributions now. By purchasing a new life policy and naming DSPCA as the beneficiary, the premiums paid will be recognised as a charitable gift and you will be eligible to receive tax benefits.  Please ensure to state in your will that the DSPCA is the sole beneficiary of your Life Insurance.

To join our 1840 Legacy Society and make a commitment to the DSPCA in your Will today, please ring us on 01 499 4700 or email fundraising@dspca.ie  

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