We got a phone call one day from a very concerned citizen who had discovered a very sick cat in their garden. We arranged for a volunteer to pick him up and had him brought straight to Willows. On arrival, we were absolutely horrified and shocked to see the
cat's condition and we had him transported immediately to the on call vet as it was clear he needed emergency treatment....Upon evaluation, our vet found that he was dangerously underweight and only weighed a shocking 1.9kg, (a cat his size should
weigh over 4kg) was very dehydrated, and suffering from a raging fever and a nasty respiratory infection. He was dangerously close to death and it was most unclear about whether he would survive the night or not. He was treated and placed on a drip and
incredibly, he made it and started to improve! His microchip was scanned and it was traced back to the charity that he'd originally been signed over to and then rehomed from and they wouldn't take him back even though he was in such a poor way.
It was arranged for him to come to Willows and we named him Spirit, because even though he was at death's door, he wouldn't stop eating and he had no intention of ever giving up! Each day he was a little better and a little stronger and after
4 months, he was weighing in at a super 4.2kg! He had regained all his weight but he was still being bothered by his upper respiratory disease. After lots of tests and discussions with our vets, it was decided to try him on antiviral treatment. We are
really pleased to say that this gave Spirit some really good quality time with us. But sadly, 18 months after his rescue, we started to realise that he was no longer responding to any treatment and that he wasn't so happy any more. Our vets said it
was time to let him go and he was put gently to sleep in the arms of someone who loved him very much and he knew it was okay.
We were all so sad by Spirit's passing but we were so happy that we gave him a chance and a good quality life even if it wasn't as long as we would have liked. He wasn't a statistic, he was an individual, a being, and we were honoured
to help him and tell his story.
We are still unable to welcome visitors and open our shops
The only way forward for Willows is to get every animal sponsored and as many people signed up to our Lifeline Scheme as possible. It really is the only way to compensate
for our lost income - donations have also fallen off due to the current economic difficulties. We appreciate it has become more difficult for everyone to donate to Willows each month.
However, we have to ask you for a few precious pounds because of our unwaivering committment to the rescued animals.
You've thrown us a lifeline, now please, please help Willows stay afloat this winter!
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.