SPONSOR a Waterfowl Rescue
When you sponsor, you will receive a full bio and some great photos. For each year of sponsorship, you will receive updates, photos, a tax-deductible letter, and entry to our open house, when you can meet your waterfowl friend.
Our Duck Rescues
You can sponsor one of our ducks for $25 a month, which provides them grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming and treats. In addition to this we are always working on funding for medications and vet visits.
Erna (left) is SO special to us! She turned 14 this year, which is amazing for a duck! She is the only 'original' animal still with us from the beginnings of West Place. Her first husband, Burton, passed suddenly many years ago, and we thought Erna would fail. She kept to herself for about two years, then the Westport 2016 case happened and Saltine was one of the ducks we took on from that case. The minute he arrived to us, Erna looked at Saltine and the rest is history.
We just lost sweet Saltine in 2021, but Erna keeps going strong!
Duncan and Wade are the best boys! These two brothers have watched over each other for 13 years now. Their mother, Webbie (now passed), was one of our first rescues and she was such a good mom to her sons. After she was gone, they stuck together and are never more than a few inches apart. Not just brothers, but truly best friends.
Lucky and Lady and one of our unique pairings, one being a wild mallard and one a domestic Indian Runner. Lucky had gotten hit by a car and ended up on someone's doorstep in Newport. Brought here for rehabilitation, we expected that if he survived, he would eventually be able to leave. Though his ability for flight returned, he never left. We think he got sweet on Lady. To see him stand guard to protect her while she naps (even though he is half her size) is heartwarming. Who needs to watch The Bachelor, when we have couples like these two?!
Brinks (back) is the duck who almost wasn't. One day our ED heard a faint peeping and went to investigate, only to find a lone, random egg with a crack in it. Warm to the touch, she realized there was a bird having trouble getting out. She gently opened the egg to reveal a wet, tiny duckling. Not sure the troubled little one would make it through the night, Brinks turned into a big, handsome guy. Long-time single, his life changed when the Westport case brought us Girlie. They have been inseparable for years, and we hope they have many more great years together ahead.
Buddy (right) came to us after someone heard a pained quacking and found him in a stream...with one of his feet caught between two boulders as the water level was rising. Though he lost a part of his foot, he kept his life. The people who saved him kept him for a while, then realized mallards are federally protected and that he needed to be with a licensed rehabilitator for the rest of his care. While he was recuperating, two domestics were put into sick bay with him, as Rocky had grown very old and started to fail, and his wife, Oreo stayed by his side. Once our dear Rocky left us, Oreo decided she then wanted to help us take care of Buddy and she coupled up with him until she passed. Buddy was in mourning for years until Iris came. One day, our ED was picking up a chick from someone that had taken an injured call duck from a bad situation. The woman thought she could give Iris what she needed but quickly realized that with an eye infection and a permanently deformed leg, Iris needed more. She was filthy and terrified, as she had been kept by a breeder in an enclosure without proper care or the company of other ducks. Our ED came back with two birds on that trip, and Buddy fell in love...for the second time. And Iris is blossoming into a joyful, confidant girl who takes great pleasure in life and doesn't let her foot slow her down!
We often step in to help out the wildlife clinic when they receive waterfowl and game birds that turn out to be domestic, and Pepper and Salt here are no exception. They were lucky that they were rescued together, grew up together, and got to stay together. Though we lost Salt in 2021, Pepper now hangs out with Gomez and Tricia. He's lucky to have them.
Also from the wildlife clinic, we were happy to help out by taking in these two pekins. Splashy (left) got his name when one of our volunteers gave a school presentation to a class that ran a fundraiser for us. We let them choose and vote on his name. And Splishy? Well, what else were were going to name his wife? Splishy suffered through a bad leg infection but has finally pulled through it.
Ducky is the duck who believes she's a goose. She came to us as a duckling at the same time as a gosling late in the season, so we put them together for company...then Sam, our resident foster "mom," decided he was going to finish raising them for us, and Ducky has been by his side ever since.
Cookie! Everyone loves cute little Cookie. She is just the sweetest, quirkiest, and most huggable duck at West Place. She is so independent and brave, she is always walking the wood-line alone and we are always keeping eyes on her so she doesn't get herself into trouble with a predator.
Trooper is the luckiest little duck. The family was crossing a highway when all but one got hit by a car. A RI State Trooper called to see if we could assist by taking this one in. We did of course. And of course, picked the name Trooper.
Cornelius (fka 'Jack' but Jack the pig wasn't too keen on sharing his name) was dumped at the reservoir in Pawtucket during the winter, but the problem is, he's a domestic duck that never would have survived the winter. A concerned citizen made a number of attempts to catch him and finally did and kept him for the winter, then Covid hit and she kept him even longer. He is finally with us and loving all his new friends!
Eli is a baby duckling that was found wandering the streets of New York City! It is a small miracle that he survived traffic. The Wild Bird Fund called us to see if we could raise this little one. How could we say no to that face?
Tricia (fka Morticia) and Gomez were unwanted Easter gifts. It is always so disappointing that this happens year after year, no matter how many public service announcements instruct people to not do this. They were brought to the Wild Bird Fund in NYC and they focus on wildlife so they contacted us for help. These two cuties are being raised by our favorite foster mom, Erna, but they would love sponsors!
Khaki and Campbell are also from the Wild Bird Fund in NYC and we stepped in again to help them out. Unfortunately, their owners didn't want them immediately after getting them and dumped them at WBF, who only handles wildlife. These two sweeties are definitely wanted here!
Finley was found behind a Trader Joe's, huddled up with a baby mallard. The people who found him did their best to take care of him, but after realizing the time, care and dedication required, they decided Finley needed caregivers who were well-equipped and educated on how to care for him. We stepped in and took over to raise and release the mallard and provide Finley his forever home.
Drake is so handsome and that makes us so happy! When his wife passed, his owners called us frantic because he wasn't eating and was pulling his own feathers out. They didn't know how to handle the situation and though we do not take animals from the general public we were really worried about this guy and made an exception. He's thriving here and even has a new girl (it's Cookie!).
Our Muscovy Rescues
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 grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming and treats. In addition to this we are always working on funding for medications and vet visits.
A very long time ago, we rescued a muscovy we called Cocoa (now passed). Once 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.
If you read Momma's story, above, you'll already have seen Stripe's name mentioned (and he use to have actual stripes, we swear! His name made sense at the time). He is one of Momma's great big brothers and is your typical, laid-back muscovy. Nothing ever bothers him and he never travels far from the duck house, which makes him easy to find each night.
Lacy is a gentle giant. We'd tell you how we came up with the name, Lacy, but even if we tried to explain it, it might not make sense, so let's just go with it. He's our cool dude who loves to hang out right behind the ED's back door with his buddy, Louie.
WRARI called telling us they had a muscovy but couldn't tell if it was male or female. One look at this huge guy and we gave them their answer. We'd guess Grey weighs more than a swan. He spends his days following Momma around and since he's bigger than her brothers, they certainly don't question him. And yes, we named him Grey because he's gray.
Blue also came from WRARI during a time when every duck coming through there seemed to be a muscovy. We gave Blue a home...and a name. Look, his eyes are blue and we lost our ability to be original a long time ago!
Louie was dumped at a pond and a man was feeding him every day on his way to work. Not realizing how unique Muscovies are, he thought his lack of flying meant his wings were broken, and his "hissy" voice meant he was sick. Turns out Louie was just a muscovy being a muscovy (they don't quack and they are lazy fliers). But our ED did realize that his wings had been clipped before he was dumped, and that could have been a death sentence for him out in the wild. Louie's favorite thing to do is to follow around our green thumb supervisor. And he is also the screen saver on her phone. Quite the love affair.
Lorelei is our new favorite duck. She was found in New York City with her wings tied with ribbons and she couldn't fly. Who would do that? This shy and super sweet girl is now safe with us and learning to explore without fear. And she might be sweet on Trooper.
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 our resident goose, Andy.
R.W. Stanley 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 he was an abandoned wood duckling, but he'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.
Our Swan Rescues
As much as we love swans, we don't often have the pleasure of having them at West Place, as they are considered a non-native species and the RIDEM frowns upon them. There are special rules and regulations we need to follow. We are not allowed to provide extended medical care or to domesticate them. If a female were to ever lay eggs, we are not permitted to let them hatch. Our sweet swans are free to leave, and considered wild, but they see our pond as "their" pond. And swans live to 20 years of age so they're not leaving us anytime soon!
You can sponsor one of our swans for $40 a month, which provides them grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming and treats.
When Sweetie was a cygnet, she was what is called a "failure to thrive." She couldn't grow her feathers without bleeding and she had trouble walking. She got her health and strength at West Place and although she is now fully flighted, she has chosen to spend her entire life safe with us.
Spirit comes by his name honestly. When he was a cygnet in the wild a human realized his right wing never developed. He would not be flighted and would not survive the winter or would be killed. They worked with the authorities to get him to us. Sweetie had just lost her husband, Baby, and she was so happy to see another one of her kind! She started bossing Spirit around the moment he arrived!
Oh Tiptoe, humans can be so negligent. This poor guy came out of his pond and walked right across hot coals left behind, losing all of the webbing on both of his feet and left with peeling skin and blisters on his remaining toes. He is so strong and determined and he doesn't let his severe injuries slow him down!
Penelope is Tiptoe's sister and she was rescued when he was, since kids were throwing stones at her and taunting her. Turns out she had a fractured leg so she was very lucky to get away from the pond. She's now a happy girl and loves her new home.
Our Geese Rescues
You can sponsor one of our geese for $30 a month, which provides them grain, corn for foot health, monthly deworming and treats. In addition to this we are always working on funding for medications and vet visits.
Get to know them and fall in love...
This one-of-a-kind goose is our first-ever domestic 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 two years that he was a she. It's been only recently that Sam has been displaying male behaviors so we're reminding ourselves to call him 'him.' Either way, Sam is an amazing foster and we honestly couldn't do it all without him each spring!
Andy is the sweetest boy, even though he was born with no eyes and angel wing. A woman and her son found him when he was a few days old, swimming in a circle next to a deceased sibling. They were left behind by the mother, since she would only take her healthy goslings with her. Andy is irreplaceable, as he fosters so many of our wild babies each season. This happy and helpful boy is an amazing tale of perseverance and we wouldn't be the same without him.