A decline in the amount of legacy giving could threaten the welfare services provided to 100,000 unwanted cats and kittens, according to one charity.
Cats Protection, which is supporting the Remember A Charity Week from September 17th to 23rd, says that there has been a large decline in the number of gifts left in people's wills.
This is despite the fact that it requires such funding to help approximately half of the 235,000 animals it cares for every year.
Cats Protection says the recession has meant a gradual decline in the value of legacies over the past few years but it hopes to raise awareness of how easy it is to leave gifts in a will by working with Remember a Charity.
Katrina Hodges, fundraising manager at Cats Protection, said: "We are incredibly grateful for every gift we receive, no matter what the size, but considering how valuable legacies are to us, the decline is of great concern."
She added that gifts in wills represent a "huge portion" of the charity's funds - helping them to provide animals with cat food, warm beds, pet meds and attention from vets, as well as finding them a new home.