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About Animal Adoption at Willows

Choosing to support an animal with a monthly contribution of £50.00, £20.00, £15.00, £10.00, £5.00 or £3.00 is one of the most generous things you can do to support them. Setting up a direct debit with GoCardless is completely safe and you can cancel at any time. It only takes a few clicks!

Willows needs your help to sponsor these animals to help pay for essential bills such as veterinary care, feed, hay, straw and other crucial running costs.

Here are some of the animals you can support by adoption:
angel72 Angel

Angel was rescued from a poorly looked after flock when she was a lamb. Had Willows not intervened she would surely have died in the field.

She had a badly infected eye which received no treatment at all until she came to Willows. The Willows vet was obliged to remove the eye because it had degenerated so much and was a risk to her life. She has learnt to manage quite well without it.

Angel has a lovely temperament and always comes to say hello when we are in the fields. Recently, she has leant to walk nicely on a lead!

Click her picture to see Angel on YouTube
Hay Bale Help!

Ok, you can't really adopt a bale of hay, but please pledge what you can towards our hay costs and we’ll pop your name up on our supporters board at the sanctuary!

We know that we talk about hay an awful lot, but it’s really important! It’s the main part of most of our resident’s diets and it’s also very costly! We spend a fortune each month on paying our hay bill and the amount we feed is at its highest through the winter! Whether it’s for a horse or a donkey, a cow or a goat, a bunny or a sheep, they all need hay to keep them fed and healthy.

If you choose to support this urgent appeal we’ll pop your name up on our supporters board!
sammy Old Sammy

Sammy is one of Willows oldest rescues. We don't know his exact age, but it is more than 30 years. When he arrived he was in very poor condition and his feet were badly overgrown and generally in a very poor state, It took the Willows farrier many months to correct them. 

He doesn’t have many teeth which quite common for his age and he need to eat lots of soaked forage based feeds. He also hates the horse dentist!

Sammy is happy in his lifelong home at Willows where he gets daily TLC! Click to see him on YouTube.

Please consider becoming his sponsor!
Meet Sooty and Sweep!

These little sheep were the most pitiful we’d ever encountered. Their owner had cruelly abandoned them in the middle of winter and a good samaritan contacted us about their plight. Once given the all clear by Animal Health to move them they were brought to the sanctuary. Click to see them now on YouTube.

We checked them over on arrival and found that they were both utterly emaciated. We called our vet who estimated that they only weighed about 5kg each when they should have been 10kg plus for their size. We carefully wormed and medicated them and they gradually made a fantastic recovery!

They are extremely playful and often instigate a group game with our other sheep and they can be seen running back and forth in a very joyful manner! Even the older sheep like to join in!

Please consider becoming their sponsor!

Meet Arwen or Mrs Moo as we affectionately call her! Arwen has come to stay at Willows after her owners decided to sell their smallholding. They wanted somewhere safe for their beloved cow to live out her days and they asked Willows if we could help.

Arwen lives here with our other two cows - Ruby and Ralphie - and she is most definitely the matriarch of the group! She loves people and absolutely loves a scratch on head.

Would you like to become her sponsor? She’s waiting for you!
Sponsor the Willows Donkeys!

Did you know that Willows is home to 16 beautiful donkeys? If you’ve ever had trouble choosing which one to sponsor, how about sponsoring the whole donkey barn?

Donkeys are very misunderstood and require a lot of special care. Some of these donkeys have come from the most horrible places and have very sad stories that would make you want to cry. Poor Lady came from such a awful place that her foal died In the terrible conditions and she arrived at Willows grieving and terribly ill with untreated mastitis. Humphrey lived out in a field with no proper care or shelter and had terrible foot problems. Boris was placed in a market and was destined to be sold for meat. He was terrified of everyone, but was fortunately saved and brought to Willows.

Would you like to support the donkey barn for only £15 per month? That’s less than £1 per donkey! In return, you’ll get your name up on our donkey supporters board, a free pass for four to visit as often as you like and a Willows supporter pack! Your £15 per month will go towards hay, feed, bedding, medicine, vet bills and much more. What do you say? Do you have a place in your heart for a donkey? Become a donkey advocate and show them you won’t let them down! Please get in touch if you’d like to help
Sponsor Nelson, the most gentle and loving horse you can imagine.

He’s a great asset to the Willows Animal Assisted Therapy Unit and he absolutely loves visitors. He’d love to have you choose him for sponsorship and if you choose the £10 option you’ll get a free visitor pass to see him and all his friends!
Support the Willows Pigs

We have many rescued pigs at Willows. All with different stories, some have suffered serious trauma and neglect, some were an unwise choice of pet and caused mayhem and damage to property. For example, Truffles broke out of a pig farm when she was just a day or two old and was found running for her life down a small road.

The Willows pigs live in a large established group with over two acres to roam and plenty of pig huts to choose from which are always full of straw! Sadly, they are not very popular amongst most people to sponsor as they are largely seen as food animals.

A pig has the same awareness as a three year old child yet sadly remains one of the most exploited and abused animals in the world. If you’d like to show the Willows pigs some support by becoming a supporter and sponsoring them all for £10 per month we’ll give you a free visitor pass and we’ll even put your name up on our piggy supporters board! Rescuing them is only part of their story, caring, feeding, covering their vet bills and providing them with everything they need all costs lots of money and if 20 special people chip in they can bring security to this small piece of heaven and be part of something truely wonderful.
Support Kinder’s safe retirement!

Kinder sadly has partial cataracts and Night Blindness. It is thought that her cataracts will worsen with age.

Kinder has worked very hard all her life, she has been a very gentle horse for people to learn basic horsemanship skills on and she has also worked in the RDA (Riding for the disabled).

Please support this very special rescue by choosing to pledge what you can from the amounts below. You will receive a sponsor pack with info and photos about Kinder and a free visitor pass if you choose to pledge £10.00 or more.

Thank you!

We were approached by the charity known as SABRC with the very sad news of their closure and a plea that we would take on six of their remaining horses. For different reasons, these horses weren’t suitable to go on to normal homes and they were living as a happy bonded group and the pleas that they should be allowed to remain together free from harm and exploitation struck a cord with us and we felt that we must help them.

By making a contribution of what ever you can afford will help us cover the costs of their ongoing vet, dental, feed, hay and foot trimming bills. Your contribution will be helping to secure the future of Ruby, Patrick, Bella, George, Merry and Polly. Some have worked very hard in the RDA and some have behavioural and ongoing medical issues. 

Please become our sponsor!

Hello, I'm Penny - in the top picture are Daisy and Bertie - my babies. I'm in both the other two pictures.

We’re a family and we are very close. We came to Willows a few years ago when our owner was instructed by Animal Health to move us on as our living conditions were so bad. We were living with no shelter or basic care and I, Penny, was expecting a second foal Bertie. The conditions were so bad I feared my new foal would die if I gave birth in the mud. Fortunately, Willows gave us the much needed sanctuary and Bertie was born safely.

Willows has often had to intervene in these types of situations over the years. People get animals on a whim, and then don’t follow through with the much needed and very expensive care.

Our old owner has never even been in touch to see how we are and it seems like we just didn’t matter enough to bother with.

Please become our sponsor!

merry Hello, my name is Merry.

I was rescued by Willows many years ago. Me and my friends were very badly neglected, we lived in a field with no shelter and we had to stand in mud past our knees. Our owner kept forgetting to feed us and generally didn’t take good care of us. We had overgrown feet, no vet or dental care and we all had lice which were making our lives unbearable.

On a particularly cold winter's day, a lady from Willows arrived to see us. Our owner’s neighbour had insisted that something was done as we were starting to suffer with the harsh weather. Other, bigger charity representatives had been out, but they had just left us in these terrible conditions. The Willows rep promised she would help and came back the same day with emergency transport to take us away.

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to finally be in a dry stable with hay and straw and the next morning the vet and farrier came out to sort our feet and other ailments.

I don’t have any sponsors at all and I would really love some! If you choose to support me, you’ll get a free visitor’s pass and you’ll be able to come and say hi to me and all my friends! It’s also an ideal way to get your pony fix if you love horses and ponies, but can’t care for one!
penny My name is Penny and I now live happily at Willows with all my friends.

Life wasn’t always so easy though. I was suffering from terrific back pain in my last home and my owner couldn't ride me because I'd rear up in pain. She said I was no use to her and she phoned up Willows and said if they didn't take me in, she would send me to market. At 25, I'm an older pony and I was most likely to end up being made into dog food.

To say that I’m a lucky pony is an understatement. Even though they were very full, Willows saved my life and I’ve been able to have happy a retirement.

It's very hard when you do your best to then to be discarded as useless and sadly, this seems to be acceptable to many people. There are lots of us at Willows from situations like this. Although some have come from loving families of people who have suffered unforeseen circumstances, lots of us, sadly, have just been forgotten.

I would really love some sponsors. Please consider choosing me!

The Cat Hotel
Willows specialises in taking in cats who are not house trained or have psychological problems or are feral. At the moment we have over 65 cats, many have suffered hardships or were simply unwanted. Some had loving families that experienced a change in circumstances and were forced to give up their pets.

Our cat welfare unit comprises of a cat’s hotel, where all our residents are completely free to come go and free range over lots of barns and fields as they please.

There is also a dedicated cat hospital and hospice for those needing medical treatment, check- ups or those who need a little TLC.

Every cat is neutered, vaccinated, wormed and is checked regularly by our staff and vets. They receive lots of fuss from our staff, volunteers and visitors.

If you’d like to make a difference and support our good work please click the link at left - it is quite safe and you can cancel at any time. For a gift of £15 per month we’ll pop your name on this special supporters board, give you a free family pass and send you a supporters pack. 
free Meet Free Spirit

This Shetland pony's life was almost ended before it had begun! Our amazing patron, Paul Rodgers, has very kindly agreed to become Free Spirit’s first sponsor and is fronting the appeal to find him and his animal friends some sponsors!

“Against all odds this little creature survived and is an inspiration. I am in, my wife Cynthia is in would you please join us too?” Paul Rodgers

Free Spirit's mother and father were part of a serous welfare case. Their owner was taken court and the ponies were facing slaughter, even though Carley was in foal with Free Spirit! Fortunately, a concerned party contacted Willows and were able to provide this little family a safe home!

Free Spirit was born safely after their arrival and has never known any hardship. When we first saw how bright and energetic this little colt was, it seemed only right to name him Free Spirit after Paul’s band Free. He’s a very special pony and is all right now! We’re hoping to find more sponsors to help continue to support him and other less fortunate ponies. For a donation of £10 per month we will send you a free pass to visit him at Willows plus a Willows supporter pack. We’ll also keep you updated on his progress via a dedicated Facebook group. 
ruby Meet Ruby

Ruby arrived on the 30th of December 2018. Her owner asked if she could come to Willows because she hasn’t grown very well (she’s tiny!) and she wouldn’t be any use for breeding from.

Ruby is the perfect friend for our calf, Ralphie, and he was just delighted when he met her! She has been checked over by our vet and apart from one or two small issues, she is a healthy young cow and he thinks she will thrive here and will hopefully grow a bit more.

She is 9 months old but is the same size as 12 week old Ralphie! She’s an absolute darling and has settled in very well already.


ralphie Meet Ralphie

Ralphie is from a dairy farm and was rescued by a very kind person. When she learnt of his fate (after an educational trip to the farm) decided that she would never sleep again if she didn’t save him!

Ralphie's rescuer managed to buy him for the owner and contacted Willows about giving him a home. Fortunately we had space and were delighted to help! Ralphie is one of the most gentle and loving souls you can imagine and absolutely loves people.


I'm Janet

I'm a Jacob sheep. Although my life started out badly, I'm pleased to say that's not how it will end. Our owner subjected us to terrible neglect. When my last baby was taken from me, I became very ill with mastitis and it was left untreated so my udder was left scarred and I was unable to provide milk for any future lambs. It was extremely painful but our owner did not care and I was put in lamb again anyway. The next thing we knew, he’d abandoned us! He extracted all he could from us and then vanished, so we had to fend for ourselves. Lots of my friends became ill with things like foot rot, fly strike and malnutrition. Officials were called and they said to fatten us up and send us to slaughter, even though many of us were in lamb! A kind lady became our advocate and vowed she would find us a home. It wasn't an easy task, there were 17 of us in our flock and many of us were pregnant so it was a big rescue for any sanctuary to take on. After a lot of searching she finally found somewhere willing to accept us and we were transported to Willows.

When we arrived at Willows, we were given medical care, we had our feet checked and we had plenty to eat! A couple of months passed and we started to have our lambs. My birth was very difficult as my little one got stuck and I needed assistance. The kind staff were there though and I got through it and when Poppy was born I was so happy and they told me that I would get to keep this one, unlike before when they were ripped away from me after a few weeks. But there was a problem. To my horror I couldn't feed her as it was too painful and the vet was sent for. He explained that my udder wasn't going to be able to work as it should as it was full of scar tissue. He explained that this would have been the fault of the horrible man who had exploited and dumped us. He advised that Poppy be taken indoors ASAP and given artificial colostrum as she was becoming weak. I cried and cried for her to come back and I could feel my heart breaking with each moment that passed. Later that day though, they brought Poppy back! I cried out in delight when I saw her and I just couldn’t believe it. The staff had worked out a plan to keep us together. We would have a little pen together and everyone would take it in turns to feed Poppy for me even if it was late into the night, and that’s exactly what they did! Through the dark and the snow, they turned up every three hours with a bottle for her! Sometimes they would even turn up in their pyjamas with a bottle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other! I wanted to show them how grateful I was so when she was feeding, I would put my head close to theirs to show them that I understood.

Poppy is a big strong girl now and to know that I will be able to live out my days in safety at Willows with her is priceless. I don’t have many sponsors because most people aren’t really interested in sponsoring a sheep as we’re just seen as food. Can you sponsor me? Willows are only asking £5 per month and if my place is supported then the resources can be used to help another distressed sheep. Thank you for reading.
minstrel My name is Minstrel

That's me on the left. I was rescued by Willows a few years ago. I was very neglected and my feet were very long. I used to dread the bad weather as me and my family had no access to food or shelter and we were all starting to suffer badly. It seemed hopeless and one of my family had started to give up on life but I urged her to stay strong as I knew help would come. Just as I’d started to give up all hope, a kind lady appeared with a horse box and we were all loaded on board. When we arrived at our destination, I could hear lots of happy chatter from all sorts of animals including other donkeys! We came to a stop and the ramp was lowered and we walked off the horse box into our new home.

At Willows there was a collection of stables with happy looking horses and donkeys munching on hay and enjoying safety from the cold outside. There were three Peacocks perched in the rafters and happy looking cats cuddled up in warm beds! I felt like we’d all gone to heaven! The kind people told me that it was all over now and that I would be looked after for ever and I didn’t need to worry anymore. And you know what? I never have!

Would you like to be my sponsor? If you can afford to spare £10 per month it would make a big contribution to my care and you’ll get a Willows supporter pack and you’ll get to visit me and the Sanctuary for free! And you’ll even get your name on the sponsor list. I don’t have many sponsors and I’d really love some more!
daphne My name is Daphne

This is my story. I came to Willows a good few years ago because my friends and I had been seriously neglected by our owners and we were slowly starving to death. Rats had eaten all the food meant for us and we were standing knee deep in mud. Our owner had given up on trying to care for us and one of my friends had collapsed and died of starvation. A neighbour thankfully had the courage to intervene and pledged to get us help. She called loads of charities but none were willing to help. She finally came upon Willows who took the situation seriously and were out the same day. The attending staff member who came to evaluate us was appalled at our living conditions and made immediate arrangements to have us signed over and removed. Some hours later, transportation arrived and all of my friends were loaded up and taken away. As we drove away, I wondered where we were going and if we would be alright. I was soon reassured though as when we arrived and felt the atmosphere I realised we were now safe. As we were unloaded into our stables I tucked into the hay that was there and looked around at all my new friends, lots of them like me had been saved from unimaginable suffering and were now enjoying the safety of this special haven. I’ve lived here for years now and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt frightened or hungry in that time.

Please help us make the special haven even more secure by sponsoring me or one of my friends. £10 per month goes a long way towards feed and vet bills and it means that Willows can help other less fortunate animals and we’ll even send you a Willows supporter pack and you’ll get a free pass to visit me and all my friends!

I'm pictured here with one of my sponsors and sanctuary patron, Deborah Bonham! She’s kindly offered to help me find some more sponsors.

“I’m so thrilled and honoured to be one this little girls' sponsors, please join me if you can to make a difference to this beautiful little horse's life. If I could have got her in my case I would have brought her home! I Love Willows Animal Sanctuary & Animal Assisted Therapy Unit for all they do, honoured to be a Patron. Love to all and a big hug to Daphne, Deborah xxx”