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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 game birds as well as farm animals from neglect/cruelty cases. The West Place Animal Sanctuary provides both short-term and long-term care as necessary.

Results: We have assisted 1,000 wildlife and several dozen farm animals during our first ten years, and we are now looking forward to starting the next decade of helping these creatures.

Target demographics: The environment, wildlife, and neglected farm animals, horses and exotics

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 wildlife, a dozen farm animals and many exotic birds, while giving groups in underprivileged areas the ability to learn about what we do, meet the animals and get hands-on experience

Geographic areas served: The Rhode Island area and surrounding areas

Programs: A Volunteer Program, A Tour Program and Educational Programs

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at The West Place Animal Sanctuary which has developed into a very rewarding experience for me! Having never been around large animals (Horses)etc.. this was something I overcame and thrive on feeding,cleaning and being with them now! Interacting with animals and other personnel there has really broaden my horizons! it gives a special feeling to assist in the operation of this non-profit and a sense of fulfillment in participating! David R Macomber

Volunteer

Rating: 5

West Place is a gorgeous animal sanctuary that lends it help to both furred and feathered animals in need. I have been volunteering at West Place for the past two years and could not be happier! The founder, other volunteers, and (of course) all of the friendly animals welcome you as part of the family and appreciate any help you can give. Even if you are not looking for a volunteer or internship position, definitely arrange a tour of West Place Animal Sanctuary to check out all of the great work they do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The best Animal Sanctuary in the northeast! Great volunteers, great work environment and a great executive director... 5 stars!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer at! Not too small not too big. Wendy the founder is very flexible. Love all the animals!

Sarah

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Board Member

Rating: 5

West Place Animal Sanctuary is truly an asset to RI, being the only type of farm animal sanctuary of its kind in the entire state! It’s a gorgeous property of 8 acres where the rescued animals roam, graze and play. It’s such a wonderful experience to volunteer and serve on the Board!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited this Sanctuary quite a few times over the past 8 years and I have watched the organization grow. Many of the animals that live there have had hard lives prior to getting to the farm. It’s amazing to see how healthy and happy they are every time I visit. The amount of wildlife that is rehabbed there is astonishing and I give the members and volunteers the utmost respect for all the many hours of care it takes to care for so many animals. This is truly a top notch organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

West Place has created such an amazing natural environment for all the rescued animals. To see them come from their previous living conditions, to now thriving and living so peacefully the way they deserve to live is amazing. I look forward to see all the animals every week. I’m am so proud to be apart of a team that does everything possible to help the animals!

Board Member

Rating: 5

West Place Animal Sanctuary is an invaluable organization that cares for hundreds of animals and wildlife each year. The greatest care is given to each and every animal on a daily basis by members and volunteers who are extremely compassionate and dedicated people. From cleaning stalls and enclosures to feedings to giving first aid and veterinary care, the work that these individuals do to maintain such a clean, well organized and pristine environment for all animals that live there is completely outstanding. I’m proud to see such an amazing organization in our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Celebrating Ten Years of helping animals, West Place just keeps getting better and better. Can't wait to see what they accomplish in the next 10!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These rescues are the luckiest animals around. Pristine sanctuary, excellent care by over 30 volunteers. A wonderful place to be associated with.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This invaluable organization keeps growing and helping. If you haven't gotten involved, this is the place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Want to make a difference in the lives of animals ? West Place is the place to apply your kindness. Wendy and Tom are great folks that work hard to make W. P. a comfortable and safe sanctuary for the tenants both temporary and permanent to survive and thrive.
We started helping here about a year ago and have loved every second of it. Animals know when you are helping and show their love, even Bobert :>)who I call the leader of the alpaca herd. Well, I could go on and on with so many more stories that lift my heart.
You should check it out lend a hand, donate, this is a good cause., good for the sole.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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