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.

WEAR YOUR SUPPORT – Visit our online store!

*N E W ! Amazon Wish List –

AClick 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:

Especially for Pets in the Community: Nail Clipping Charity

Especially for Pets logoWARL is proud to be a featured in Especially for Pets Nail Clipping Charity. Especially for Pets offers nail grooming, by appointment, in exchange for monetary donations to a local animal shelter or non-profit organization. Four different charities per year are chosen to be the recipient of the nail clipping donations, and WARL is honored to have been chosen as the Third Quarters recipient! WARL will be hosting information sessions at each store through September, visit our calendar to see when we’ll be in your neighborhood!

BISSELL PFP LogoThe 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.Lost Pet USA Logo


WARL receives $4,000 from the “I’m Animal Friendly”I'm Animal Friendly License Plate License Plate Program of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition to support spay/neuter of shelter pets!


 In the news:

WARL volunteer Sheri Bready is recipient of the Pet Rock Fest 2015 Hero AwardsSheri and Hero


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



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