Adopt

Save an animal, gain a friend. Adopt.

Adopt a Pet today. Visit Worcester Animal Rescue League in Central MA and find a lifelong companion.Worcester Animal Rescue League is committed to making adoption a success for both the adopter and the animal.Your safety and the safety, happiness and well-being of our shelter animals are our top priority.

When you are ready to adopt, you will receive your adoption folder, where we’ve enclosed tips, tricks and solutions to the most common issues people face with new pets. Feel free to call the shelter at 508-853-0030 or email us with any questions!

WARL Adoption Fees

  • Kittens under 1 year of age: $195
  • Cats between 1 to 10 years of age: $145
  • Cats over 10 years of age: $50
  • Puppies under 1 year of age: $350
  • Dogs between 1 to 10 years of age: $225
  • Dogs over 10 years of age: $100

WARL also has a Senior for Senior Program (click the link to learn more). The adoption fee is waived for a senior citizen adopting an animal over 10 years old.

*What's Included in the Fees?

Adoption Fees are non-refundable; they are the cost of caring for an animal in our shelter. Adoption Fees include these estimated costs:

  • Spaying and neutering: $200-$400
  • Dogs are microchipped: $35
  • Cats are tested for leukemia and FIV: $35
  • Dogs are tested for heartworm: $25
  • Age appropriate vaccines: $50
  • Fecal testing for parasites: $25
  • Deworming for parasites: $20
  • Dogs receive a collar and leash: $25
  • Cats receive a cat carrier: $10
  • Veterinary exam(s) while at the shelter: $50

Included in the adoption fee is a free 30-day trial of Shelter Care pet insurance. You can decide at the end of a month if you wish to continue the insurance.

In addition to the above costs, there is the daily cost of feeding and housing an animal from a period of weeks to months. Also many animals come to our shelter ill or injured. Treatment can easily add hundreds of dollars to the average cost of care.

*Occasionally there are discounted rates for adult animals that have been in the shelter for many months or for bonded pairs that must be adopted together.

WARL Adoption Hours

Sunday through Wednesday, Noon to 4 pm. Thursday to Saturday, Noon to 5:30 pm.

Adoptions are typically a same-day process unless the adopter places a 24-hour hold* on the pet. You can expedite the adoption process by bringing your lease, and landlord’s phone number (if applicable) when you come to the shelter. If you own the property, you may be asked to bring in a mortgage statement as proof of home ownership.

It’s crucial that you bring all family members or roommates to meet the animal at the shelter. If you’re adopting another dog, bring your current dog to the shelter to meet the possible new one.

*What is 24-Hour Hold?

You can put a 24-hour hold on an animal while you round up family members, roommates or just to make arrangements to take the animal home. You have to request the hold in person; you can’t do it over the phone. If you adopt the animal, the $25 hold fee is deducted from the adoption fee. If you decide against adopting that animal, the fee will not be returned. Click here for complete details for a 24-hour hold.

Adopt Responsibly

Before adopting, please consider your choice to do so carefully.

Allergies, moving, even the way the animal looks; these are all things to think about when you make the decision to adopt. While we truly appreciate the thought and care behind adopting a shelter animal, we want to make sure you’ve thought everything through to prevent the animal from being moved around too many times if the adoption falls through.

Falling in love with an animal at first sight is easy, and with any relationship it will take work. Tell us about your lifestyle and what your want in a pet and let WARL’s experienced staff help you choose the best pet for you.


What kinds of dogs do you have?

Dogs are individuals and only a small percentage of their genetics dictate their physical appearance. At WARL, we do our best to identify what breed we believe they resemble the most, however, unless an animal is surrendered with a Pedigree, identifying the breed is the tip of the ice berg. Check out this great infographic by the Animal Farm Foundation for more.

Infographic: All Dogs are Individuals
by Animal Farm Foundation



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