Leave a Gift in Your Will

“I just thought it was amazing and beautiful that a human being could train an animal to help people.”

Jennifer Jones still remembers the day she first learned about Assistance Dogs. There was an article in her newspaper about a dog that carried an oxygen tank on his back to help a little girl with breathing problems.

It was a story of love and loyalty that moved Jennifer to tears. So when the time came for her to rewrite her Will, she told us that she knew exactly what she wanted to do: “I asked myself, what do my children need when I’m gone? I wanted to give them a nice memory of me. So when I saw the picture of that little girl, I just thought that was the answer. I rang up Assistance Dogs Australia, told them my intention and asked them to send me the correct wording. That’s what they did. It was so easy.”

Download our bequest information brochure here.



By leaving a bequest or gift in your Will to Assistance Dogs Australia you are ensuring the future of the organisation can continue to provide vital services to people living with disabilities.

We do not receive government funding but rely on the generosity of the public through donations and bequests to fund our vital work.

If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will to Assistance Dogs Australia you can do this through your solicitor by drafting a new Will, by executing a codicil to an existing Will, or by nominating Assistance Dogs Australia as a beneficiary of your insurance policy.

In drafting or amending your Will to include Assistance Dogs Australia, you may like to consider these various options:

  • The simplest is by way of a residue gift. After providing for your family, you can nominate that you would like to leave part or all of what is left of your estate (the residue) to Assistance Dogs Australia.
  • Another way is by leaving a nominated percentage or fraction of your estate to Assistance Dogs Australia.
  • Or you may prefer to leave a specific gift – a specific sum of money, real estate, shares, bonds, jewellery or such other gift as you wish to nominate.

The appropriate wording to include in your Will when visiting your solicitor is as follows:

“I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to ‘Assistance Dogs Australia Limited’ my Estate
(or “the sum of $………………..”) for its general purposes and I DECLARE that the receipt of the secretary or other proper officer for the time being of Assistance Dogs Australia Limited shall be a full discharge for my trustees for the bequest.”

Your bequest will make a great difference to the lives of many disabled people throughout Australia — in many cases giving them their first experience of freedom and independence.

It is important to seek professional advice from your solicitor when drafting your Will or making changes to an existing Will.

Download our bequest information brochure here.

If you are thinking about leaving a gift in your Will to Assistance Dogs Australia and would like to discuss how your gift could make a difference or if you would like to be sent a bequest information pack please contact:

Charlotte Farrelly
Bequests Officer
Assistance Dogs Australia
PO Box 503,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Phone Toll Free: 1800 688 364
Email Charlotte
Fax: 02 9699 1171

Each Assistance Dog costs over $35,000 to train

This includes everything from purchasing a puppy to food, vaccinations, training and placement. Assistance Dogs are provided free of charge to people in need.

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