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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.