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Help us Build a Palace for Paulie!

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Little did we know that after saving Paulie the Peacock, he would gather a harem of peahens and father adorable spring peachicks. We adore the peacocks on the farm but their nest is no longer big enough for their growing family. We need your support in fundraising for a bigger and better habitat for Paulie and his growing family of six! With your help, we can bring together the necessary building materials and workers to construct a magnificent peacock palace, perfect for a prince. We will use the funds raised to build the peacock enclosure and ensure the well-being of the animals and children we support.

Waterford Country School has provided special education and therapeutic services to the community since 1922. One of the most special aspects of our Quaker Hill, CT campus is the wonderful farm and wildlife rehab center housed on the 320 acres of rural land. We take in injured or neglected animals and care for them. Almost 200 animals are taken in every year. The families and children we serve receive the benefit of therapeutic interaction with these gorgeous animals. Each one with their own special story. There are always new animals, new projects and new needs on the farm. Partner with us to make a huge difference, both for the animals and the families we serve.

Paulie the Prince...
Paulie and Peace
And then they had peachicks on the farm!
Our dream plan for a bigger better enclosure for the peacock family of 6!

Paulie's Rescue Story
In the summer of 2018, Paulie, the adventurous peacock was roaming town roads, hopping on cars and evading authorities, until he finally met a net he couldn't dodge.

For several months, Paulie had plenty of places to go, turning up in people's yards and driveways before appearing on several Waterford community groups on Facebook. He picked up his name from Clark Lane staff, Cote said, but some following #WaterfordPeacock on Facebook. On a sweltering afternoon, Jay Miner, a Waterford Country School board member and Waterford Public Schools' director of buildings and grounds, alerted Ben the peacock was in the middle school courtyard. Ben, Tina and Clark Lane staff teamed up to corner Paulie, who'd been lured closer with some hot dogs.

With Ben and Tina gloved and holding nets and a big crate, the group chased the peacock around the courtyard a bit before it flew over Tina's head and bumped into a window. Paulie was stunned for a moment but not injured, and his momentary delay enabled Ben and crew to quickly capture him.

"It was just a team effort and the luck of the hot weather," Ben said. "He was tired." Paulie moved into the WCS Wildlife Center in a large cage with "plenty of perches" next to an orphaned baby hawk the school is raising, Turner said.

Tina described Paulie as healthy and "very much the gentleman" despite being a notorious bird "on the lam."

"He can fly up high if he wants, has plenty of food and water and he's safe," she said, noting he still enjoys hot dogs every now and then, on top of the standard cracked corn and pellet mixture. - excerpt from THE DAY Newspaper

After acclimating to the Waterford Country School farm, Paulie moved to a peacock enclosure with female peahens Hope and Peace. He proudly greets visitors to the farm that come for field trips, school vocational trips and community events. The famous peacock found a place to belong at Waterford Country School.


  • Cassandra Meyer-Ogren
    • $100 
    • 2 d
  • Anonymous
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 7 d
  • John Sullivan
    • $100 
    • 11 d
  • Paul Marceau
    • $5,000 (Offline)
    • 14 d
  • Alexis Kahn
    • $75 
    • 17 d

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Waterford Country School, Inc.
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Julianna Velazquez
Team member

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