An­i­mal sanc­tu­ary makes fresh win­ter feed ap­peal

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JOSHUA KING

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

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