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
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.
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
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
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'.