WEST PLACE ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 3198 Main Road Tiverton RI 02878 USA

Mission: The mission of the West Place Animal Sanctuary, an IRS recognized nonprofit organization, is to provide housing, food and medical care for both injured and orphaned wild birds, waterfowl and wild turkeys as well as unwanted farm animals. The West Place Animal Sanctuary provides both short-term and long-term care as necessary. West Place provides rehabilitation services for the ultimate release of the aforementioned types of injured or orphaned wildlife, and provides placement services for farm animals whenever possible.
Results: This year we raised funds to provide water sources to new pastures we created.
Programs: Volunteer Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first visit to the Animal Sanctuary was about 2 years ago, when I dropped of a box of orphaned baby geese from the RI Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. I've been involved in the field for 10 years and this sanctuary is by far the most beautiful, up-kept, and caring facility I have seen. Each animal, whether great or small is treated like a beloved family member with all the medical attention, patience, and tenderness you could imagine.
The grounds look straight out of a fairy tale book; with flower gardens, duck pond, hills, fields, and white paddock fences. Its one of my favorite places to visit in Rhode Island.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gaining happiness and joy watching the orphaned or injured animals grow into healthy happy adults.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have volunteers and interns help

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Rating: 5 stars  

West Place Animal Sanctury is a beautiful small farm whose owners have rescued various types of animals, i.e. various types of birds, goats, sheep, horses, cows, cats, and dogs: providing loving care at their own expense. Many of these animals were injured, unwanted, or left without their parent to care for them. An example is a flock of baby wild turkeys who lost their parents. Wendy cared for them until they were able to live on their own. One was a runt with a broken leg and wing who would never be capable of living in the wild. With the care of a vet,she nursed it back to health and takes care of it on the farm. Really extraordinary.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my visits where they have allowed children to visit and learn about these animals in and up close and personal environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to seek funds to support what they are doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

West Place Animal Sanctuary rescued a horse that was very dear to me. Since he was rescued, his quality of life has increased greatly. He came from a rocky and dusty paddock and now thrives in a field of tall green grass. He was always alone and now lives with another horse and an assortment of cows, goats, ducks, and the most BEAUTIFUL swans. To see him standing beside a swan, a greyhound and a bunch of ducks is a very funny sight. Each time I visit, I am amazed at the personal attention and care that each animal receives. Before coming to West Place Animal Sanctuary this horse suffered from a long and painful illness involving his two front feet. He wore shoes that were heavy and thickly padded and caused him to trip frequently. He spent so many hours laying down in his paddock that people passing by would stop to offer help. Now, after receiving awesome veterinary care he stands for as long as he likes AND stands barefoot! As a community, our lives are richer, more humble, and compassionate by the examples set by West Place Animal Sanctuary.

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I visit the sanctuary often and spend time with the animals. I have the absolute pleasure of seeing animals in need of love and care receive both and more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would be very full of myself if I were to suggest any changes that this sanctuary may or may not need to complete. I could not possibly do a better job than they have already done. They opened their hearts, expanded their knowledge and, in my opinion, they did it all on a wing and a prayer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization is available 24 hours a day to take calls and give advice to someone who has found a wild bird or duck. Just great.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have directed inquiries to the sanctuary, always with good results

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more staff would help to take the burden off the individual who does so much of the work

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Animal Sanctuary is absolutely beautiful and well maintained. It's a wonderful organization and such an asset to the local wildlife as it assists the animals in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing local animal survive their hardships

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

asssist in anyway possible to help raise money and increase its ability to care for local wildlife

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited this rescue many times and witnessed first hand the amazing work being done there. No animal is turned away. The time and dedication demonstrated by the volunteers should be commended.

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I've seen how well the animals are cared for and the incredible dedication by the volunteers. It's a beautiful, loving environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes necessary. My only wish is that they had more funding for their amazing word, which I am currently working to remedy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Invisible from the road, when you drive up the driveway you find a haven for a myriad of animals. From a retired racing greyhound, to aging horses, rescued domestic ducks and rehabilitating wild turkeys this sanctuary has a place for everyone. The outreach to the community is enhanced by its proximity to a local Land Trust park. I seen many of their animals come to their final resting place as well as many rehabilitated and sent back into nature. All of them were treated with care, dignity and love. The best thing WPAS could do is fundraise to be able top employ full time help. This would increase their ability to rehab more wildlife.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the local law enforcement community have a place to bring injured or displaced wildlife. They are very appreciative to have a place to bring these creatures.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make specialized areas for sick animals. As with most animal rescues, space and money are the only things holding them back.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

I live nearby

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since it's inception, this non-profit for animals has been top-notch. A wonderful concept, flawlessly run.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter had an adventurous experience feeding the waterfowl and playing with a wild turkey there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding would make a big difference

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

West Place Animal Sanctuary is a remarkable haven for all sorts of fauna and fowl. I have known the caretakers of this property for many years, and can truly attest to the fact that they develop a deep and personal relationship with each and every animal who arrives and spends any amount of time there. Whether it's a migratory bird with an injured foot in need of a few days' rest and rehabilitation, or a displaced farm animal in need of long term care and permanent shelter, all new arrivals and residents alike receive the same impeccable care and utmost attention to their every need, while benefiting from the safety and security of a beautiful facility which somehow seems to be constantly expanding and improving.

Indeed, West Place has grown in recent years from a small part -time operation to a full scale refuge for all kinds of animals in need. I have witnessed firsthand this transformation, which can only be explained as a labor of love. From the contruction of a brand new barn with state of the art stall and feeding facilities, to the redesign, landscaping and detailing of the onsite pond which provides an astonishingly natural-like habititat for birds and fish alike, or the seemingly ever-expanding area of paddock designated for the happy grazing of the numerous four-legged residents, it is obvious that at West Place, the wellbeing of all furry and winged residents takes precedence over everything else. It has been a truly enjoyable and spiritually rewarding experience to watch West Place become what it is today, and it is good to know that so many of our animal friends here in Rhode Island can now have a chance to benefit from such a perfect sanctuary where they are provided with round the clock treatment, care and love in order to get a much-deserved second chance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing numerous animals taken in and cared for, and also witnessing the release and return of many of them into their natural habitat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to get the name out so more people are aware of them in case they run across an animal in need of rehabilitation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A beneficial organization to animals. The care is genuine and the education they provide to children and adults alike is well received.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children have enjoyed each and every experience that they have had visiting the sanctuary.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help obtain funding so the organization can do more.

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