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Willows is reopening to visitors!
Every Sunday from the 19th of June
It’s been such a long wait due to Covid restrictions and the Avian Flu restrictions, but we are finally able to welcome you back to visit the sanctuary and enjoy our new nature walk!

Initially, we are opening for just one day per week, on a Sunday. As we are first and foremost an animal sanctuary and we seem to have more needy and vulnerable animals than ever in our care, we have to make sure we balance their day to day care and welfare perfectly along with the visitor attraction. Our priority is to keep their home stress free and doing things gradually is key.

There are a few other issues also which we are hoping to rectify as we go along so please bear with us!

We are so looking forward to seeing you all again and we cannot wait for you all to see the changes and improvements we have made to Willows and we hope you will love it all as much as we do!

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Below: Primrose, just one of the very many cats rescued by Willows over 22 years in Aberdeenshire. She was pregnant with 4 kittens when she was rescued.

The Cat Hotel is a truly amazing and unique facility for cats, at Willows, that aren’t suitable for normal homes because they are either feral, not house trained, elderly or have health issues. Such cats are often forgotten and usually rejected by larger charities because they are very unlikely to find a good home.

At Willows, we are strongly committed to helping disadvantaged cats live their best lives. We make sure that they all have constant access to this special facility and they are free to roam the 54 acre sanctuary. Every cat is health checked, neutered, vaccinated, has constant access to food and a cosy bed.

Some of our cats cats have come from loving families who suffered a change of circumstances but many of them were facing death or had simply been forgotten by society. Not by us though! To us, they matter hugely and we are here for them.

Please, please help us to continue our good work by sponsoring a cat, spreading the word about our good cause or by holding a fundraiser.

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Willows currently provides a life-long home more than 80 sheep.

4 More Feral Cats Rescued

A couple of months ago, we were contacted by a very concerned lady who had spotted a family of feral cats living by some hay bales by the roadside. She had already rescued some from that spot the previous year, but had no room for any more cats....She started feeding them though and began the long process of winning their trust. In the meantime, she contacted various cat charities to ask for help. Sadly, when she next went up to feed them, she found one of the family dead by the roadside as he had been hit by a car. Devastated, she contacted everywhere again to beg for help and explained the severity of the situation. No one could help. The situation was worsening as one of the cats was becoming ill with a respiratory infection. Finally, she discovered Willows and when she called, we immediately said we'd help! She managed to catch all of the siblings, and drove them for almost two hours to get them to us!

Milo, Mia and Misha were now safe and Misha received the much needed treatment for her respiratory issues. We then discussed with their saviour about finding their mum (Maddie we later named her) because we couldn't bear for her to be left to fend for herself and have even more uncared for kittens in the wilderness. It wasn't going to be easy to catch Maddie because she was completely feral, but she was going to try. Over several weeks, she set traps and made many trips with food and eventually, caught her!

Maddie and her babies Milo, Misha and Mia are all now safe at Willows and have received all the necessary care. They have all been integrated into the Cat Hotel and are loving life at the sanctuary! They are so much luckier than most feral cats as they have somewhere to call home and they will never be hungry or cold again..

22 Years Rescuing Animals

Willows Animal Sanctuary is the largest, ethically managed, equine, farm and domestic animal sanctuary in Scotland and will try to help any animal in distress. We operate a strict no kill policy and only euthanise an animal on veterinary advice. We look after over 500 animals including over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys, approximately 50 cats, dogs and many reptiles as well as over 200 farm animals and birds.

We are totally dependent on donations, legacies and grants from benevolent organizations to keep the sanctuary running. Unlike larger charities we have no reserves of money and are always desperately short of funds. We specialise in helping elderly or more vulnerable animals that have already been refused help by well-known large national charities, but we can only continue to help needy animals with your support.

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