Making a bequest

What happens to your pets if you are unable to care for them?

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Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services will ensure pets are either fostered into a new home and a new life that reflects the wishes of their former owners, or they remain in comfort at our facility where they will be loved and cared for just as they have always been.

Please refer to the Pet Bequest Program document below for suggested ‘wording’ or contact us for more details.

Don’t forget to let us know once you have made your Will and we will send you a free BAWCS Bequest Program fridge magnet, so that your wishes are clear regarding your pet/s in the event of an emergency.

Don’t have pets but would like to leave a lasting legacy to help animals in need?

You don’t have to have pets to make a Bequest to BAWCS.  Your bequest will assist our organisation in our future work of caring for animals in need.

BAWCS recommends you consult a professional legal advisor to make sure the correct wording is used to ensure the wishes of your Bequest are clear and are met.

Pet Bequest Program


John Boundy Legal is partnering with BAWCS to offer a 20% discount for work done in relation to a basic standard Will for clients that are leaving a bequest to BAWCS.  Costs include preparation of Enduring Powers of Attorney both Financial and Medical.

Please contact John on 5443 8399 to make an appointment.  John’s offices are located at 92 Wills Street Bendigo.

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Donation In Lieu of Flowers

Making a donation to BAWCS in lieu of sending flowers is a lovely way to honour the memory of an animal loving friend or family member. You may also wish to include this request in the funeral notice.

Not only will you be providing a lasting tribute to those close to you, but your support will help us continue our work caring for and rehoming animals in need.