West Place Animal Sanctuary opens to the public for Spring Visitor Weekend

The West Place Wildlife Sanctuary in Tiverton opens its doors to the community during the Spring Visitor Weekend.

Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to the rescued farm animals that call West Place home while learning about the important work of the non-profit organization.

Founded in 2007, West Place Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides forever homes and lifelong care to farm animals rescued from abuse, neglect and cruelty. It is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center that helps sick, injured and orphaned animals, and releases healthy wild animals back into their natural habitats. West Place has a network of approximately 75 volunteers who provide essential animal care 365 days a year. The organization provides students with unique, hands-on humane education experiences to cultivate a more compassionate community.

West Place says visitor weekends allow the public to meet farm animal rescues at the private sanctuary. Visitors will learn about each animal’s past and West Place’s efforts to provide lifelong care for survivors of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect. Farm animal welfare becomes less abstract and more personal as visitors begin to associate names and faces with this often overlooked cause.

Interactive, guided tours depart every 30 minutes, and guests can explore the spring plant sale and West Place gift shop, which features unique and handcrafted items.

Registration is open to everyone. Tours will sell out, so pre-registration online at https://www.westplace.org/visitors-weekends is recommended. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, and all donations benefit West Place farm animals and wildlife.

West Place Animal Sanctuary is located at 3198 Main Road in Tiverton.

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