SPONSOR a WATERFOWL
Sponsoring a waterfowl 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, supplements, enrichment, bedding and other standard supplies. This does not include medications or veterinary visits. Your monthly donations will cover all of the basic necessities that each of our amazing animals need.
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 our ducks for $25 a month, which provides them with grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming, and treats. In addition to these basics, we are always seeking funding for medications and vet visits.
WE ARE SO HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO HELP DOMESTIC DUCKS AGAIN!
This sweet boy had a rough start to life, for sure. After a homeowner passed away, the neighbors heard a noise and went to investigate. They found this handsome guy who had been hatched under the porch and mother was nowhere to be found. Unfortunately all of the ducklings besides him had passed away. This lucky boy ultimately found his way to us and we'll make sure his life turns around!
This beauty was found alone, walking around in Section 8 housing and no one came forward as his owner so he was picked up by some caring people. He was part of a group of new arrivals to West Place in the spring of 2023.
Dutch tends to be quiet and shy around humans but he is quick to make new bird friends. He enjoys spending time with Marty and his fellow Pekins, Max and Kevin.
Marty is a tiny Call Duck with an oversized personality. He is friendly, funny, and very fond of his ladies. Marty was found by a couple of surfers on a beach in Newport. As it so happens, one of the surfers is married to one of our amazing volunteers. After a brief stay in their home and field trips to work, Marty came to West Place to claim his title as "most adorable duck." Keep up the good work, Marty!
Max is a Jumbo Pekin who joined us in June of 2023. He arrived around the same time we took in six ducklings. Perhaps he will become another one of our famous "foster dads."
Max is a gentle giant and he enjoys interacting with humans and birds. His best friend is Marty, the small Call Duck, making them quite the pair.
Buffy was one of six lucky ducklings who almost didn't make it. She and her siblings were purchased at a big box supply store and later that very same day (yes, you read that right) they were already unwanted and neglected. Ducklings must be fed every few hours and this group had not eaten all day. We were called and given an ultimatum: take these ducklings today (by 5PM) or they are not going to survive the night.
Buffy got the care she needed at West Place to grow up to be big, strong, and healthy. Although no longer a duckling, she is still a cutie.
With striking resemblance to a former duck rescue named Rocky, this exquisite duck was named Rocky, Jr. or R.J. He is another one of the
six lucky ducklings who were purchased at a big box supply store in the morning and were unwanted and neglected by the afternoon.
R.J. is easy-going and laid back. He doesn't mind being held and he loves to dig for worms with his brothers and sisters.
Ganache is one of six lucky ducklings who were purchased at a big box supply store and were unwanted and neglected later that same day. Ganache was almost indistinguishable from three of the other chocolate brown ducklings, but as he matures his unique features are starting to stick out.He has the tell-tale drake curl on his tail feathers and a slightly iridescent green head. Aside from looks, we can tell Ganache apart from the others based on his behaviors.
Truffle has an ever-so-faint white stripe on the front of her neck. She loves spending time with her sisters and is getting muddy.
Truffle came to West Place with her five siblings who were purchased from a supply store. They were neglected and unwanted after only a few hours and would not have survived much longer without proper care and nutrition.
Fudgie is another one of the ducklings who were raised at West Place after being neglected immediately upon purchase at a big box supply store. We made sure Fudgie and her siblings received the proper care and nutrition they needed since they got off to a rough start.
When people don't think before they act or don't consider the consequences of their actions, it places an additional burden on sanctuaries like ours. Fortunately for sweet Fudgie, she found a safe haven and will live a charmed life at West Place.
The last of the duckling, and the smallest, is Bean. She may be small but we know that big personalities come in small packages.
Bean and her siblings are very lucky to have found their way to West Place, since they were not being fed or cared for properly as babies. We made sure they had a proper diet so they would grow up to be healthy and happy, but that's just the beginning. Bean will require a lifetime of care and we hope you'll sponsor her and be part of her journey.
We thought we'd seen some large ducks in our time, but then we met Kevin. This poor guy was dumped at a pond where domestic ducks CANNOT survive. In fact, three other ducks who were abandoned along with Kevin were not as fortunate. Thankfully, a Good Samaritan was able to capture Kevin and hold him in quarantine for two weeks so he could safely come to West Place.
Kevin has made fast friends with the other Pekins. He's still a little nervous around people but we think he'd love to have a sponsor to help him enjoy a happy life at the sanctuary.
Muscovies are interesting ducks. They seem part waterfowl and part turkey. They like dirt baths as much as water. They are fully flighted but usually choose to walk. They don't quack and their voice only sounds like a hiss.
You can sponsor one of our Muscovies for $25 a month, which provides them with grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming and treats. In addition to these basics, we are always seeking funding for medications and vet visits.
A very long time ago, we rescued a Muscovy we called Cocoa (RIP). One day she flew off--not surprising as they are technically wild and the females often take off. About six weeks later, Cocoa came walking up the driveway, with six little ones in tow! Momma is one of those babies, who along with her brothers Spot, Snowy, Stripe, Lacy, and Tux decided they were staying at West Place.
Babies rarely get born here, as our mission is to rescue not to breed. But every once in a while a determined duck hides an egg or two so well that we don't find them until we see some little puffballs walking around. Little Girl here is Momma's little girl. Though we wish Momma wasn't so sneaky, we do love her awesome daughter.
Chase was hanging out at a marina when a family saw him and noticed his wings were clipped. They realized he was likely a pet that was dumped there and they started putting food out for him twice a day, but the marina started telling the family they wanted him gone. Concerned the marina would find a non-humane way to stop him from coming on their property, the family brought Chase here to ensure he able to live his best life. Now, Chase loves his new home and can often be seen hanging out with "his ladies" Momma and Little Girl.
R.W. was dumped outside of Roger Williams Park Zoo. They do not like when that happens and they take steps to try to prevent that since the animal can easily get hit by a car. And the zoo won't take in domestic animals, so they reached out to us to see if we could help them out. We really wish people wouldn't dump animals, especially when there are organizations that can help. We were happy we got to help R.W.!
Oli came to us from the Wild Bird Fund. Someone brought this little one, thinking she was an abandoned wood duckling, but she's a Muscovy. As WBF is a wildlife rehabilitation facility, they do not have the room or staff to raise and adopt out domestics, so they reach out to many organizations, like us, for help. We're happy we could raise this little cutie.
Gary was found at the Inland Fuel Terminal in Tiverton. Somehow, he made his way through multiple layers of barbed wire fencing and the staff was concerned for his safety. They named him and took care of him for a few days until a rehabber could quarantine Gary for two weeks. Gary has made himself at home at West Place and is starting to get more comfortable around people and a variety of animals. These days, he will often tag along on tours and wait patiently for treats.
You can sponsor one of our geese for $30 a month, which provides them with grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming and treats. In addition to these basics, we are always seeking funding for medications and vet visits.
This one-of-a-kind goose is our first-ever graylag. One of our volunteers dubbed him Sam Sweaterneck. But then Sam started fostering and mothering wild babies for us and we were convinced for he was a she until Sam started displaying male behaviors. Either way, Sam is an amazing foster and we honestly couldn't do it all without him!
These two quiet souls were dumped in Pawtuxet village "years ago" (depending on who you ask it's been up to twenty years!) The female had an eye infection so severe that it looked like it needed enucleation but we've been able to save the eye and they are enjoying their twilight years with us.
Luke & Leah
Bruce & Cybill
These two loud goofballs were dumped outside of Roger Williams Park Zoo after hours (on different days!). We don't even think they are related but they instantly bonded here with us and are thick as thieves. We quarantined them to make sure they did not have avian flu and now they love roaming freely and exploring the pond.
When you visit West Place, chances are you will see (and hear) Bruce & Cybill first.