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Wishing Everyone a Happy 2022!

Willows has rescued many, many animals from distressing situations over 22 years in Aberdeenshire. Cats, dogs, horses, sheep, cows, goats, donkeys, mules, rabbits and many more. The kitten below was rescued from a busy road in Banff and lived out her life at Willows.


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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 65 cats and 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.

Registered Charity No: SCO29625 this site is designed and maintained by Nick Robinson