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
West Place Animal Sanctuary is an incredible resource for Rhode Island, being the only farm animal sanctuary in the state. It is 8 beautiful acres of pristine pastures with a large irrigated pond that provides a wonderful home to many sick, abused and neglected farm animals as well as orphaned or injured waterfowl. I have served on several boards of local animal welfare organizations and am consistently impressed with the forward progression of this organization and the leadership skills of the Executive Director. In the past several months alone she was awarded Rhode Islander of the Year, performed a TEDx Talk, “Service Over Self: Leaving a Sustainable Legacy”, was interviewed for a podcast and was featured in the RI Spotlight and Providence Journal for her dedication to West Place.
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!
The best Animal Sanctuary in the northeast! Great volunteers, great work environment and a great executive director... 5 stars!
Great place to volunteer at! Not too small not too big. Wendy the founder is very flexible. Love all the animals!
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.
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!
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.
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!
These rescues are the luckiest animals around. Pristine sanctuary, excellent care by over 30 volunteers. A wonderful place to be associated with.
This invaluable organization keeps growing and helping. If you haven't gotten involved, this is the place!
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.
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.
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 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.
Since it's inception, this non-profit for animals has been top-notch. A wonderful concept, flawlessly run.
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.
A beneficial organization to animals. The care is genuine and the education they provide to children and adults alike is well received.
This peaceful sanctuary gives both unwanted farm animals and injured wild ducks and wild turkeys a fresh start. Organized by a DEM permitted wildlife rehabilitator, West Place has a constant influx of waterfowl and Eastern American wild turkeys, providing food, shelter, care and necessary medical attention. The animals are also utilized to educate the public, by appearing at festivals and Easter Egg hunts around the area. Animals of the sanctuary have been featured in various newspapers and the RI Bar Journal.