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Worcester Animal Rescue League was initially founded in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1912 by a group of animal-loving women who were resolute on ending the mistreatment of overworked farm animals of burden, namely horses. Nowadays, they have expanded their mission to bring care and love to cats and dogs as well.
Once a month, they offer a low-cost vaccination and microchipping program that works on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. They also have a Trap-Neuter-Return program for homeless cats to prevent overpopulation, a pet lost and found, and a rescue program for abused and neglected animals.
The adoption process at Worcester Animal Rescue League is as follows:
Adoption fees at Worcester Animal Rescue League are as follows:
Ask a staff member for information and fees for other small animals.
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, heartworm testing, flea control, a coupon for a free veterinary examination at the shelter, parasite treatment and prevention, a collar and leash for dogs, and a cat carrier for cats.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.