Animal sanctuary makes fresh winter feed appeal
A north-east animal sanctuary, which has taken in hundreds of vulnerable creatures, has issued a renewed appeal for donations.
Willows Animal Sanctuary, near New Pitsligo, has launched a winter feed fundraiser in a bid to care for its residents during the colder months.
Bosses at the centre have said they are currently looking after more animals than ever before, but added that cash donations have plummeted since the Brexit referendum.
Last weekend, the centre hosted a charity event to drum up funds and awareness of the situation.
The event raised £4,000 of the £60,000 target set by the volunteers.
Willows’ Vicky McDonald said: “Our fundraiser on Saturday was absolutely amazing and it has given us a real boost. However, we are still in need of further funds to help us through the winter. Costs are at an all-time high and, with over 450 needy and elderly animals and birds in our care, we need your help.”
The centre is accepting donations of cash as well as food and hay directly.
The stable of residents at the sanctuary includes more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys as well as around 60 cats and dogs.
The team also looks after some reptiles in addition to more than 200 farm birds and animals.
And last year, the wife of legendary rock vocalist Paul Rodgers – who is Willows’ most famous patron – invited fans of her husband’s career with Queen, Free and Bad Company to donate to the sanctuary to mark the star’s 67th birthday.
CASH AND FEED PLEA: The north-east sanctuary has more than 450 needy and elderly animals in its care