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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Worcester Animal Rescue League is a private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1912 by a group of women determined to save overworked and abused farm horses. Today, WARL is one of the largest no-kill, limited intake animal shelters in the region, accepting pets only when there is enough shelter space to do so. WARL prides itself on not establishing a time limit for healthy and adoptable animals.

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

Programs: The Worcester Animal Rescue League gives compassion to every being that turns to us for help - providing shelter and care for animals as well as respect and resources for people. In addition to pet adoptions, WARL offers spay/neuter and vaccine clinics, dog-training classes, boarding, volunteer and foster opportunities, and educational programs for the general public.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Becky T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stated volunteering here about 6 months ago and it has truly changed my life. Everyone who works there cares SO much about each and every animal and they go above and beyond to make sure they’re all comfortable and loved at all times. I have the utmost respect for all of them and all of the work that they do on a daily basis. It’s not easy work and I am so lucky to be able to volunteer and learn from all of them. The Worcester Animal Rescue League is an amazing establishment and we are lucky to have them in our area!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WARL is the best organization that I have had the honor to volunteer with. Truly a wonderful group of employees and volunteers dedicated to the cause of helping animals. From assisting local animals find their new forever homes, to providing love and medical care to animals found who are sick and injured and abandoned, to rescuing animals from other US states and the Islands, to helping reunite lost pets with their owners, to offering low cost spay, neuter, vaccinations and microchips...WARL is there to give help and guidance to those in need. WARL is a champion for the rescue mission and a great asset to our community.

Kim B.

Andrea H.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an adopter, a volunteer and a Board Member. It is so important to give voices to those that do not have one. On Clear the Shelter Day, I volunteered but I also felt compelled to do more. I left with a new fur baby, Chase. Seeing how happy and content he is confirms why I give my heart to this organization. All my cats are from WARL and are living their best lives.

Erin J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with WARL as a volunteer for a number of years and was extremely impressed by the hard work and dedication of their incredible staff, who truly go above and beyond to protect the welfare of the animals who find themselves under WARL's care. WARL is engaged in the community, and they provide support to both animals and their humans, who may need assistance in properly caring for their animals. They do this all on an extremely tight budget, sometimes working on heartbreaking cases, but still with a smile, providing a warm bed, food, and a soft touch for animals in need.

Jen L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both an adopted and a WARL volunteer. I am so thankful to them for taking such great care of my Sapphire while she was with them. I know that she was loved and, Sara, the adoption coordinator still checks in on her. Shortly after adopting in 2010 I began volunteering and I have had so many great experiences but lost recently I have been able to be a part of the island dog project that was organized by one of the board members after the hurricanes deviated the USVI. Helping to care for and settle those dogs in to start the rest of their lives has meant more to me than I can put into words. The staff and board members at WARL are always creating new ways to help animals in need and I am proud to play a small role in that!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ten years ago, my family adopted my cat Cobalt from the Worcester Animal Rescue League and I have been great full to them ever since. Cobalt is the weirdest cat I have had the pleasure of owning. She refuses to sleep on cat beds and will instead sleep in backpacks on the floor. She must eat under her chair in the dining room where she “hides” from us during meal time, and no matter how anti-social she is if she senses a box in her vicinity, she MUST be in it. I have had ten beautiful, funny, and blessed years with my girl and I know that we will have many more. A year after adopting her, we adopted Comet from WARL as well so she could have a brother to play with. Comet is the sweetest guy you will ever meet. He comes to the table in front of the door so the first thing you will do is give him a scratch. He follows people around the house with his catnip toys like a dog, and he absolutely loves movie nights. Then, five years ago, we adopted my other boy Cooper. Cooper was a stray who the rescue took in and he was just greatful to have a roof over his head and food. Cooper does not like eating table scraps because she worked hard to be in a family, so gosh darn it he’s going to eat cat food. He has the best table manners in the world, and will wait for his sister to start eating before he does, and he won’t leave until she finishes. Cooper also loves watching the fish and frog in the fish tank, and he makes you aware of his presence by making little meow sounds when he goes down the stairs, almost like he’s making a beat. Overall, I am so greatful to the Worcester Animal Rescue League for giving me my three joys in my life. They are a fantastic shelter who takes exquisite care of each and every animal that comes through their doors. I especially appreciate how they get to know their animals personalities so they can be placed in the best home possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our dog Tilly from WARL when she was six months old. She was completely house trained and came with all her shots and was already spade. She had paperwork telling us what her personality was like and her likes and dislikes if any. We got to take her for a walk and sit inside with her for as long as we needed. WARL employees were wonderful and one even came out to hug Tilly (then Oreo) and say goodbye. She told me how Tilly liked to be held up over her shoulder like a baby. It brought me to tears. Our dog had died a month earlier and getting a new one was very emotional. We were told we could bring her back after two weeks no questions asked. That was eight years ago and we can’t imagine our lives without her. Thank you WARL for all your good and tireless work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from WARL in 2012 and the experience was wonderful. The staff worked with us to ensure the dog was a good match for our family, most importantly, with our other pup. They also provided post-adoption support when we had questions. We have continued our relationship with WARL over the past 6 years...sending updates and photos, supporting their events, etc... We are thankful for the care and love they provided while he waited for his forever home. Thank you, WARL.