“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” — John Grogan
Just think about the estimated 7.6 million dogs and cats entering the shelter system each year and for these animals, nobody returns home. But they patiently wait, wagging their tails as visitors stop by, hoping that someone will give them a home.
The staff at Wanderers’ Rest spends each day loving and caring for these animals and we need your help. When I started at WRHA 2 ½ years ago, the shelter had 10 employees, a lot of customer complaints, was disorganized with high staff turn-over and offered fewer programs. In the past 2+ years we have grown to a staff of 17; including a Humane Educator, Program Coordinator/Animal Cruelty Specialist, Front Desk Coordinator, Office Manager, Animal Care Coordinator, two Sr. Animal Care Staff, along with animal care and front office staff and an Off-Site Adoption Coordinator located in Syracuse. All of which has contributed to where we are today! Our adoption/rehoming rates have increased from 84% to 87% for dogs and 55% to 71% for cats since 2013. Furthermore, our animals’length of stays has decreased from 21 days to 9 days for dogs and 70 days to 22 days for cats since 2013. Remarkable! I am extremely proud of what WRHA has become and thrilled with the progress we are making. Our professionalism, dedication, compassion and reflection, all building blocks for success, have allowed us to move closer to our potential. We are excited, optimistic and filled with hope. Help us reach our potential; more than that, believe in us! Take a look at our Annual Report, posted on our website, wanderersrest.org. The report will give you a better idea of our progress. WRHA has become much more than a place that takes in unwanted dogs and cats. To continue our mission and expand our programs and services we need your help. WRHA relies on donations. Please think about supporting us in any way you can. Your donation of $1.00 per day can help save lives.