One of the area's largest and most diverse animal sanctuaries is opening their gates for visitors this weekend and letting guests get up close with their amazing animals.

Spend a sunny, September weekend walking the eight-acres of farm land that make up the West Place Animal Sanctuary and interact with the dozens of animals that call this farm home.

From alpacas and peacocks to ducks and donkeys, this local sanctuary takes in animals under all sorts of circumstances. Pets who can no longer be cared for, animals saved from auction and wildlife on the road to rehabilitation live at West Place Animal Sanctuary and this weekend you can spend some time with them all.

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Three times a year, West Place Animal Sanctuary opens their gates and lets guests come stroll the sanctuary grounds on interactive guided tours, followed by a picnic lunch on their huge front lawn. This weekend, September 17 & 18, is one of those times.

Anyone interested in taking part in visitors weekend at the Tiverton farm does need to pre-register for the event. Farm staff takes groups of 25 people per tour, so as not to overwhelm the animals and allow everyone a chance to interact.

Tours leave every 30 minutes, starting at 9:30 AM both Saturday and Sunday, with the last tour stepping off at 4:40 PM. That gives you all day to find the perfect time for your family to meet the amazing animals that call West Place home.

You can check out the West Place Animal Sanctuary website before you visit to see all the animals you'll meet on your tour. And if it's adorable animals you love, keep scrolling to see the cuties that call another local sanctuary home.

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Just off Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth is an animal sanctuary for livestock that has become home to over 50 animals is just five short years. Whether they arrived because their owners could no longer care for them or they were removed from an abusive situation, Deborah Devlin and Jill Tagino, who run Don't Forget Us, Pet Us sanctuary, take in animals with no where else to go. Clearly, the livestock they care for are very happy to have found a home for the rest of their natural lives.

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