What type of shelter is Worcester Animal Rescue League?
WARL is a limited-intake shelter with 96 dog and 41 cat kennels. Space or time limits are not placed on adoptable animals, and we can only take in animals when a kennel is available.
Worcester Animal Rescue League is not …
- An open-admission shelter that takes in any animal. Space must be available for a new pet to come.
- A sanctuary where un-adoptable animals can live out their lives. That’s a noble goal requiring an enormous amount of money and space.
How can you help WARL?
WARL staff continuously seeks new resources to increase the number of animals we can save. Here’s what you can do to help:
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for Feral Cats
- Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Spay or neuter your pets. The only way to combat the over-population problem is to prevent the animals from being born. On average, a cat can give birth to a litter of kittens 3 times a year. In 7 short years, this one cat could produce over 100 kittens, which go on to have their own hundreds of kittens.
Take your pets to a veterinarian regularly. Owning a pet can be costly. That’s why WARL offers low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics. But don’t let ear mites, skin and dental conditions and other medical issues go untreated; it causes unnecessary pain for your pet and a lot of money for you. It is cheaper to maintain your pet’s good health through diet and veterinary care than to wait until your pet develops a serious medical condition from what was a minor condition. There are also many pet insurance programs; ask your veterinarian to recommend one.
Do not abandon your pet for any reason. Some owners choose to dump their pets rather than pay for veterinary care. Abandoning an animal is irresponsible, cruel and illegal. Animal abandonment is a felony in Massachusetts, punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and 5 years in prison. A domestic animal does not have the skills to survive on its own. Even a domesticated bunny doesn’t have the survival skills of a wild rabbit. A domesticated animal dumped outside most likely will die of starvation, exposure or trauma.
That’s Our Story
Now you know a little bit about Worcester Animal Rescue League. Visit us and learn how you can help us care for more animals.