SPONSOR a Farm Rescue!
When you sponsor one of our farm animal rescues, you will be invited for a private tour, including meet and greet, photo opportunities, a full bio and some special gifts. For each year of sponsorship, you will receive updates, photos, a tax-deductible letter, and entry to our open house.
Our Pig Rescues
Jack and Diane have quite the story. Many years ago, a nearby farm had animals removed for neglect, the farm then became a non-profit, receiving donations, only to find that a concerned neighbor was worried about the care of these two. The SPCA investigated and the local authorities removed the pigs. We got the call...and the warning...since they had only been fed stale donuts, they were horribly overweight, so much so that they could barely walk and their eyes couldn't open. Even overweight, they were undernourished and under-muscled. They also suffered from hypothermia, multiple infections, and eye problems. Jack had an untreated broken tusk and Diana had unaddressed overgrown hooves. No one knew if they would actually live.
But we created a nutritional program, an exercise program and a skin conditioning program. They only receive fresh vegetables, fruit and nutritional pellets, and are rubbed down with coconut oil each week to repair their cracked and bleeding skin. They have improved tremendously and though they have a ways to go, we will make sure they'll get there!
As you can imagine, these programs are expensive but they are each worth it. It costs $125 to sponsor either Jack or Diane. And this still does not cover hoof trimming, veterinary visits or surgeries, so we would love for you to get involved!
Our Goat Rescues
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. During daily medical rounds, she met Sadie and Maggie when they came walking over to her. Though Maggie looked okay considering the circumstances, Sadie had an upper respiratory infection, pneumonia, bilateral conjunctivitis, scabby mouth, and horns that were growing into her skull. We took in these two girls and 65 others!
Many animals from that case need lifelong special care, with additional medications, or when illnesses flare up. It costs $75 to sponsor either Sadie or Maggie. And this still does not cover hoof trimming, veterinary visits or surgeries,
so we would love for you to get involved!
Our Sheep Rescues
As mentioned above, so many 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. During daily medical rounds, she met Shaw and Colby. They were lucky, they had just been born and were still nursing, so they didn't know how horrible things were. We were slated to take in a few other sheep, but one in the group tested positive for CAE, deadly to the sheep and contagious to others. We couldn't risk infection our other rescues so that group went to a place with no other animals, and we took in the two youngest and also the oldest (RIP Karl), to make sure that we could help them overcome their negligent care.
It costs $75 to sponsor either Shaw or Colby.
And this still does not cover hoof trimming, veterinary visits or surgeries,
so we would love for you to get involved!
We received a message from the SPCA when the East Providence police department had been called to a residential property, and while they were there, two of the officers heard a little lamb crying. They investigated and found this little guy outside in the snow and freezing temperatures, in a tiny fenced in pen, with no shelter, no water, no food, and no mother. They seized and took him to the warmth and safety of the station. The owner felt he did not have to provide anything for the lamb, as he was going to eat him for Easter. But it was also illegal to have a farm animal in a backyard with in the city limits. Luckily, the owner relinquished his possession and the officers asked the SPCA to ask for help. But they are not a farm animal rescue, and we are the only one of its kind in the area. As we always do, we managed to find room for him. The police named the lamb Barnaby, and what a perfect name for a little baby that needed a barn. We set up housing for him in one of our stalls and kept him warm with blankets and pillows and a dog jacket that happened to fit him. Barnaby had not finished nursing before he was pulled from his mama so our volunteer crews were all taught how to bottle feed him. He had an infection and an upper respiratory issue so we also had to put him on antibiotics. He was a brave little guy, and he pulled through a horrible start to his life. Even though he is smaller than he should be because of the lack of food during the most important time of his life, he thinks he’s the biggest sheep we have and he loves to play and run and graze and nap.
It costs $75 a month to sponsor Barnaby.
These two super cuties were the biggest surprise we've ever had! We were waiting for an appointment for Barnaby (story above) to be neutered (as all our male rescues are). Our vet had to reschedule...and during a brief delay it seems that Barnaby spent some time with Shaw (story above), wink, wink. We have NEVER had a live birth here at West Place as it is not what we do, but when we realized Shaw was pregnant all we could do was celebrate the chance to experience something we didn't think we would. The story of their entry into the world was not easy - and can be seen here - but these little ones are getting spoiled. Of course we're keeping a close eye on them because their parents are both from cruelty cases.
Zane and Zander can each be sponsored for $75 a month.