Remembering the Birds of West Place

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Friday, October 21st was the darkest day in the history of West Place Animal Sanctuary. In 15 years, we have never experienced anything so devastating, heart-wrenching, demoralizing, and catastrophic. In the span of just a few days, our world has been turned upside down and West Place will never be the same. Despite more than 8 months of precautionary measures, safety protocols, limited intake, and vigilance, the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has infiltrated our bird population and claimed the lives of gamebirds and waterfowl. The State of Rhode Island euthanized any remaining domestic birds at risk of contracting the deadly illness.

During this unfathomable tragedy, we ask that you please respect our privacy as we grieve the untimely loss of dozens of extraordinary souls who deserved better. We are still providing care to barn animals and surviving birds, and we are still working to rescue Jared, the baby calf, but our sanctuary has been forever changed. The lives of our staff and volunteers will never be the same. We will never forget the beautiful birds of West Place.