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Willows Animal Sanctuary & Assisted Therapy Unit – Aberdeen

Willows Animal Sanctuary & Assisted Therapy Unit

Registered Scottish Charity SCO29625 since 1999 and have helped thousands of animals and birds since then.

Willows is the largest equine, farm and domestic animal sanctuary in Scotland where they care for over 450 animals  including over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys, over 200 farm animals and birds, approximately 60 cats and dogs and many reptiles and small animals. They will try and help any animal in distress.

They also offer animal – assisted therapy (AAT)  to vulnerable people. This programme started out as a pilot scheme but soon became regarded as a useful alternative to day/hospital care by social workers, psychiatrists, and employment officers in the Aberdeenshire region. Willows now has a service level agreement with Aberdeenshire Council to help people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Willows acts as a life line for many vulnerable people, and in many cases it is the only programme particular clients are willing to try. One client comment I read said “Being around all the wonderful animals has made me feel useful!”.

Taking part in the AAT programme helps people to put the animals first and this has shown that it can help with resolving issues at home.

Willows also has a coffee shop and gift shop and everything purchased is suitable for vegans. The team at Willows promote veganism where possible.

Willows is totally dependent on donations, legacies and grants from benevolent organisations to keep the sanctuary running. If you can offer a small donation this would be very welcome please click on the donation button below.



01771 653112


Willows Animal Sanctuary

Lambhill Farm



AB43 6NY

Opening Times

April to end of October

Saturday 11.00 – 16.00

Sunday 11.00 – 16.00

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