Legacies can live on in many forms, whether it\u2019s looking after loved ones, leaving a gift in your Will or ensuring a much-loved pet gets to continue living a happy life after you\u2019re gone. \r\nA new start thanks to Cats Protection\r\nThat\u2019s exactly how one-eyed Nelson found a new, loving family when his owner passed away. Nelson was a well-loved pet who came to Cats Protection's Tyneside centre with three other housemates.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCat Guardians service\r\nNelson was brought to Cats Protection under the Cat Guardians scheme, which offers peace of mind to cat owners concerned about what might happen if they were to pass away before their cat. Under the scheme, Cats Protection promises to take care of the cats and find the perfect new home after their owner\u2019s death.\r\nNelson's eye issue\r\nNelson\u2019s story got a bit more complicated when an ongoing eye issue worsened , and he was not responding to treatment. Vets decided on welfare grounds that the best thing for him was to remove it. Despite this, adaptable Nelson recovered and quickly got used to life with only one eye.\r\n\r\nEmzi Frater, manager at Cats Protection Tyneside, says, \u201cThroughout his treatment he never lost his loving, gentle temperament with staff and volunteers here in the Adoption Centre.\u201d\r\nBarbara's close bond with Nelson\r\nHe stole the heart of one kind and compassionate volunteer in particular, Barbara, who often lends a hand at the centre with socialisation, desensitisation, cat care duties, feeding and cleaning. When Barbara went home after meeting Nelson, she could not forget about him and the close bond they had developed from spending time together.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe has such a loving, friendly temperament despite how uncomfortable he must have been with his eye\u201d, says Barbara.\r\nA new loving home for Nelson\r\nAs soon as a vet signed Nelson off, Barbara jumped at the chance to rehome him. Within days, he was on the way to his new home, and Barbara undertook the gentle process of gradually introducing him to his new housemate Jasmine. Following Cats Protection\u2019s advice, settling in was no problem and Nelson made himself comfortable quickly. She now can\u2019t imagine life without him.\r\nThe importance of gifts in Wills to Cats Protection\r\nNelson is just one of the 500 cats that Cats Protection care for every day.\r\n\r\nAlmost half of all Cats Protection cats are cared for thanks to gifts in Wills. Gifts in Wills also fund important schemes like Cat Guardians, allowing Cats Protection to continue supporting cat lovers.\r\n\r\nEvery gift left in a Will to Cats Protection, whether big or small, can help cats like Nelson with essential care, treatment and a loving environment.\r\nFind out more\u00a0\r\nIf you'd like to find out more about leaving a gift to Cats Protection, the Cat Guardians service or Cats Protection's free Wills offer, please visit cats.org.uk\/giftsinwills.\r\n\r\nYou can also contact Cats Protection by emailing email@example.com or calling 01825 741 271.