SPONSOR an EXOTIC BIRD
Sponsoring an exotic bird rescue is one of the best ways to support our ongoing work to provide a lifetime of care and love to abused and neglected farm animals.
Caring for farm animals can be expensive when you add up the costs of food, shelter, medications, supplements, enrichment, bedding and other standard supplies. This does not include shearing, hoof trimming, teeth trimming, or veterinary visit. Your monthly donations will cover all of the basic necessities that each of our amazing animals need.
Sponsors contributing $50+ each month will be invited to West Place for a private tour, photo opportunities, and a meet-and-greet with your sponsored animal. All sponsors will receive a full animal biography; photos, videos, and annual updates; and a cumulative year-end receipt for your tax-deductible donations.
Your sponsorship provides a steady stream of support and budget relief that allows West Place to continue welcoming needy animals to our sanctuary. We appreciate your help!
You can sponsor one of the gorgeous peacocks for $65 a month, which provides them with . . . are you ready (these boys are picky!) . . . grain, multiple types of seeds, protein, crumble, crackers, fresh fruits and vegetables, monthly deworming and treats. In addition to these basics, we are always seeking funding for medications and vet visits.
Most people know about the 2016 Westport farm case - referred to the largest in the Northeast - where 1400 animals were discovered, many in a state of dying. We were called to get involved and our director spent five months with the ASPCA transporting, relocating, feeding and cleaning, as well as joining their medical team. Though we had agreed to take in several of the rescues, we never considered exotic birds, as we had no experience or housing for them. But the ASPCA was having trouble finding the right placement, so we stepped in to help, taking these four boys, along with several wild pheasant, French partridges and quail...and we raised funds and started designing a proper building for all of them to be able to live together. The peacock house ended up being one of the most unique buildings on our property.
Based on their size and their molting schedule, we believed that Porter and Percy were the same age (about 2 at the time) and Parker and Peyton were the same age (about 1 at the time). What we didn't know at the time was that peafowl live to be 50 years old! We certainly hope we outlive them.
Since we are the only animal sanctuary of our kind in the state of Rhode Island, we often get calls from Animal Control Officers from all of the various towns when they have an animal that they just don't know what to do with. We got a call from the Portsmouth ACO who was getting reports of a peacock out in the wild. When this happens, they become prey to predators and if our winters are too brutal, their feet can freeze and that will be their demise. Fortunately for Prescott, we built our Peacock house large enough to have the proper needed space for one more peacock. So, when a nice resident found the bird in his barn, the ACO caught him and he moved in with us.
The problem we have when all the ACOs call for farm animal assistance, is we aren't funded by any of those towns. We quickly solve their issue, but we're then left trying to find the funding to afford each new rescue. We would love your help!
You can sponsor one of our handsome pheasants for $35 a month, which provides them with grain, multiple types of seeds, protein, crumble, crackers, fresh fruits and vegetables,
monthly deworming and treats. In addition to these basics, we are always seeking funding for medications and vet visits.
We received a call from one of our volunteers now in vet school. Tufts Animal Hospital received a Lady Amherst Pheasant and could not find the owner. They needed to find him a home that night so we quickly went into action and one of our interns retrieved him, and named him Ziggy. When he's not digging for worms, he loves to perch up high.
We've had Golden Pheasants before, but never a juvenile. He may not know how gorgeous he is going to become, but we do! We took this young one in from the local wildlife clinic since he cannot live in the wild in the harsh New England conditions. All he needs is a sponsor!
Although Ring Necked Pheasants can be found throughout New England our guy Larry came to us from New York City. He was molting when he arrived and it was pheasant hunting season in Rhode Island, so we kept him safe during the winter months. Larry made friends quickly and now call West Place his permanent home. Sponsor our masked superhero today!
Other Adorable Rescues
Meet our tiniest resident!
We use to rehabilitate A LOT of songbirds...but baby birds need to be fed every 15 minutes from sunup 'til sundown...and we don't have enough volunteers during the spring and summer to do that...so we switched to rehabilitating wild waterfowl and game birds. But every once in a while we get a songbird. We didn't think Peanut would live because he has an organ sitting outside of his skeleton. But he is stronger than we expected and he grew up to be a gorgeous bird! Because of his medical condition, we can not send him into the wild. Of course his favorite food is live worms, and he goes through 10,000 a month! They are very expensive, and we have to feed his worms too, so he costs $50 a month to feed.
Check out this video to learn more.