Since our founding in 1912, the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL) has been dedicated to the care of the animals who provide so much for their human companions.

Founded initially by a group of women determined to save overworked and abused farm horses, WARL’s services have expanded and changed to protect, care, and love our cats and dogs throughout Central Massachusetts. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated champions to this cause and act as caretakers for the animals and educators to their human counterparts. We also work with foster homes, rescue groups, and other shelters nationwide to place animals in the best possible environment.

Without your support, however, nothing we do would be possible. WARL is a non-profit organization and your donations of money, time, supplies, homes, and love are vital to our cause and the lives of the animals in our care. Our sincerest thanks.

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Especially for Pets in the Community: Adoption Initiative

Especially for Pets logoWARL is proud to be a featured in Especially for Pets Adoption Initiative. The Especially for Pets’ Adoption Initiative Program finds permanent, loving homes for homeless pets, as well as raises awareness about the work being done in the rescue community. In six month increments, each Especially for Pets’ store teams up with a local non-profit or rescue organization to educate our customers about the specific organizations, to collect donations, and ultimately to help find homes for pets in their care. Read more about the Adoption Initiative. The Westborough Especially for Pets location is hosting a donation drive for WARL through June 2016.

The 2016 Rescues and Rescuers Calendar; On Sale!

Calendars are now $12 each, or 2 for $20! Sheri Bready Photography and The Worcester Animal Rescue League have teamed up once again to bring you The 2016 Rescues and Rescuers Calendar, featuring some of Holden and Worcester’s bravest along with dogs adopted from WARL. 100% of the proceeds from calendar sales go directly to WARL!  Order online!Your order can be picked up at the shelter at your convenience, or will be shipped to you within 5 days of your order.


The BISSELL Pet Foundation exists to assist animal welfare organizations. This includes helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care.


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WARL volunteer Sheri Bready is recipient of the Pet Rock Fest 2015 Hero Awards!

Sheri and HeroEach year, Pet Rock Fest chooses at least two local people who have shown exemplary actions and/or work in working for our animals’ welfare. This year is no different, and from the nominations, have chosen two more deserving heroes from the area. Read her about Sheri.


In the news: Worcester Animal Rescue League program enlists runners to help exercise high-energy dogsWorcester Telegram & Gazette, 5/2015 Bonnie

Miranda Lambert donates to WARL – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 4/2015 AR-304159610





A*N E W ! Amazon Wish List –

Click and send to help the pets. Visit our Amazon Wish List, and the items you’d like to donate get shipped right to our shelter door! Doesn’t get much easier than that!


A Friend’s Gift: A dear friend of the shelter, who would like to remain anonymous, has offered to help cover the adoption fees for the pets who have resided at WARL the longest. Read More: