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Willy was a rather special cat who was born in 2002. He was called Willy, short for Willy Wonka, because he was born with deformed legs, and when he walked, he was a bit wonky.

At first, Willy’s outlook was not hopeful, especially when a vet advised he should be put down.

Teresa, founder of Anim-Mates, didn’t agree and she decided Willy would stay with Anim-Mates and have a loving, stimulating life all the time that he had no pain and enjoyed himself.

Then another vet advised Willy could have a better life if he went through a number of operations to correct his deformity.

A public appeal to meet the costs of his operations won the hearts and generosity of many kind people.

Brave little Willy came through many operations.

Willy received fan mail on every one of his 17 birthdays often accompanied by a cheque to buy him some treats.

We were privileged to have Willy as our mascot and will miss him walking, albeit a little wonky, around the sanctuary.

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Willy,

our beloved mascot, at the age of 17 years.