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.

SIXTH ANNUAL WAGTIME GALA; MAY 5, 2018! Tickets on sale NOW!

The largest and fanciest of WARL’s fundraisers, Wagtime combines fun, dinner, entertainment, auctions and more – all to benefit the Worcester Animal Rescue League. 

The official WARL Nair & Bjorn bracelets are ready for purchase. Just in time for the holidays so…make your list, check it twice, and buy one for everyone whether they’ve been naughty or nice!!
20% of every Nair & Bjorn purchase this month is being generously donated to WARL. Thanks N&B!
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WARL welcomes 10 dogs from Hurricane-affected St. Thomas

We welcomed 8 dogs from the island of St. Thomas, which was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. These animals survived a devastating Category 5 Hurricane. St Thomas was decimated in Irma. The shelter they lived in suffered significant damage…. lost their roof, electricity, flooded. Post Irma up until this past Monday, 200 + animals lived in crates with their dedicated caretakers and volunteers, many who lost everything personally, providing for their every need. These people, and many on the mainland, moved heaven and earth to bring 200 + animals to safety in VA. They traveled via ferry, charter plane (paid for via generous donors), and transport vans to make it to safety prior to Hurricane Maria. WARL was lucky to be able to help these eight, and will continue to help more. 

We are forever grateful to the rescuers at the Humane Society of St ThomasIsland Dog Rescue, and others for their dedication – they did not rest until these pets were safe. Many thanks to our volunteers Jen, Kim, Erica, Lyn, and Mary Alice who helped transport these dogs to WARL – and a special thanks to Board Member Kristin Mullins for coordinating the whole operation! 

For those wanting to donate (first, thank you!) we could use are any brand of canned dog food and soft dog treats. The majority of the dogs need to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given medication, and so on, so financial contributions are welcomed! Make one by visiting our donation page! Thank you for supporting WARL so we can help all the mutts and meows!



Thank you to Patrick Subaru for raising over $28,000 for WARL during their “Share the Love” Event!

 WEAR YOUR SUPPORT – Visit our online store!

Or, stop in! We have a variety of apparel for humans, toys for pets, books, magnets, Sheri Bready Photography Prints, cards, and more!












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!


The Massachusetts “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate tells your community that you care about animals! By purchasing this license plate, you will be contributing to a statewide program that directly benefits Massachusetts animals.


Super Bowl Champion Logan Ryan features WARL dog, Mister!

With Partners for Pets, when you purchase any pet product on, a portion of your purchase will be donated through the BISSELL Pet Foundation to a participating animal welfare organization of your choice!