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Deborah Bonham and Peter Bullick are patrons of Willows. Video: Take me down
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Paul Rodgers & Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers are patrons of Willows. Video: I've Been Loving You Too Long
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Our Three Star Scottish Visitor Attraction is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am till 4pm from April - October
About Willows Animal Sanctuary

Willows Animal Sanctuary is the largest sanctuary in  Aberdeenshire and will try to help any animal in distress. We have been a Scottish charity since 1999 and have helped literally thousands of animals and birds during this time. We operate a strict no kill policy and only put an animal to sleep on veterinary advice. Willows now cares for almost 100 equines as well as over 60 cats and dogs, 100 farm animals and birds and many more small animals and reptiles. We particularly try to help horses and ponies who would otherwise face slaughter.

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!

The Animal-Assisted Therapy Unit at Willows

Willows helps many vulnerable people with its animal-assisted therapy (aat) programme. The concept of allowing rescued animals to help vulnerable people on the road back to health is very innovative and has been independently evaluated and shown to be highly beneficial. Because of the increased demand for our aat programme during the week, Willows will be reducing the opening hours of our Scottish visitor attraction to Saturday & Sunday only. The visitor attraction will still be available for pre-booked School, clubs and group visits through the week.

Deborah Bonham and Peter Bullick

We are absolutely delighted to announce our new patrons Deborah Bonham and her husband Peter Bullick - pictured here with Paul Rodgers (left). They have been helping Willows for a while now and it is fantastic news to have them 'officially' join the Willows team!

Deborah Bonham is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, a passionate animal welfare campaigner and the sister of the late John Bonham, the drummer for the band Led Zeppelin.

With 3 critically acclaimed albums already, her latest album Spirit has received glowing reviews such as 'simply stunning', 'the Duchess of Blues-Rock', 'an amazing woman' and 'when Blues Matters!' While duetting with Scotland's own Dan McCafferty of Nazareth, it was 'a vocal marriage made in Heaven.'

Deborah and husband Peter (an amazing guitarist) have many rescued animals, including four ex-racehorses.

Paul and Cynthia Rodgers

Patrons Paul and Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers are true animal lovers and have many rescues of their own. They are extremely dedicated and involved with Willows Animal Sanctuary.

Singer, Songwriter Paul Rodgers formed iconic bands Free & Bad Company. He and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page formed The Firm. Queen and Paul Rodgers joined forces to tour and record before he returned to his Solo career. Dr Rodgers, an Ivor Novello Award winner, has released 36 albums and sold in excess of 90 million in his 45 year career and was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the '100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.'

Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers is a former Miss Canada and Host/Writer of TV's highly ranked international exercise show the Everyday Workout 1986-2000. This Simon Fraser University graduate is an artist and animal rescuer who in the past three years has personally rescued/rehomed more than 70 animals.

Paul says: 'Having visited Willows Animal Sanctuary I am aware of the immense need for what they do. Not only do they employ vulnerable people, seven days a week they run an Animal Assisted Therapy Program pairing challenged individuals with animals to aid in their healing. If that weren't enough they provide a sanctuary before heaven to more than 300 unwanted, abused and old animals ranging from rabbits, cats, dogs, sheep to horses of all sizes and have been doing so with limited funding for 15 years. To help them continue please join Cynthia and I by signing on as a Friend of Willows'.

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