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About Wadars Animal Rescue Charity

Based in Ferring, Worthing, Wadars is a leading animal welfare charity and has been rescuing wildlife and rehoming companion animals since 1969.

We believe that animals enrich our lives: we also know that they cannot speak for themselves and need protection. Last year Wadars rescued more than 2000 injured, orphaned and at risk birds and wildlife, and rehomed over 200 cats, dogs and other companion animals.

Through our dedicated Animal Welfare Team, we respond to calls from members of the public who are concerned about animals in distress or danger. During the summer months we receive up to 50 calls a day to our wildlife helpline for advice, or asking us to rescue injured and orphaned birds and other wildlife. We also run a lost and found pet register, and at any one time have up to 50 dogs, cats and other pets in our care, looking for new homes.

We work closely with local vets and wildlife rehabilitation centres in order to ensure the best outcomes for sick, orphaned, and injured animals.

Historically, as we had no rehoming centre of our own, Wadars animals have been cared for in commercial kennels and catteries, or with our team of volunteer fosterers until suitable forever homes could be found for them. With the development of our rehoming cattery at our Ferring site we now care for cats here, and our plans for the future include developing our own kennels, aviaries, and small animal section as well as a large wildlife unit.

Wadars is a registered charity and we rely almost entirely on donations, legacies and fundraising from our local community to make our work possible.

Over 90p in every £1 we receive is spent directly on charitable activities

Some facts and figures about Wadars

  • Wadars Animal Rescue (formerly the Worthing & District Animal Rescue Service) was established in 1969 and is a registered charity
  • Our objectives are the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wildlife & the rescue and rehoming of companion animals
  • In 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic we rehomed more than 200 dogs, cats and small animals, and our Animal Welfare Team was called out to more than 2,000 wildlife rescues.
  • Our wildlife unit cared for almost 600 casualties during 2020
  • It costs more than £1,000 a day to run our services
  • Our kennelling & veterinary fees alone cost over £120,000 a year
  • Rehoming – on average it costs around £450 to home each dog and £350 each cat – this includes an average 30 days of kennelling, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, worming, flea treatment and vet check
  • More than 90p in every £1 we receive is spent directly on our charitable activities
  • Wadars only exists because of legacies and public donations


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