Charity Insight – Wadars
Wadars animal rescue
Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for Wadars to benefit from the Brown’s Ferring Charity of the Year adoption. We are a small local charity and receive no government funding, so it’s a real boost for Wadars to be part of the Charity of the Year scheme.
Based in Ferring, Wadars is a leading animal welfare charity and we have been rescuing wildlife and rehoming companion animals for the last 50 years. 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.
Wadars also runs a lost and found pet register, and at any one time has up to 50 dogs, cats and other pets in its care, looking for new homes.
Historically, without its own rehoming centre, Wadars animals were cared for in commercial kennels and catteries, or with a team of volunteer fosterers until suitable forever homes could be found for them. Earlier this year the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mrs Caroline Nicholls DL officially opened our purpose-built rehoming cattery which can cater for up to 34 cats and kittens at a time and includes a food preparation room, animal assessment room, and isolation unit. Since opening the cattery, we have increased the number of cats that we have been able to take in and rehome.
The charity is currently caring for more than twenty cats and kittens and is very keen to find a home for its longest-stay cat, Nero.
Wadars Operations Manager, Tracy Cadman, said; “One of the cats currently in our care and looking for a new home is a lovely boy called Nero. Nero came to Wadars for rehoming because he wasn’t happy living with the other cat in the family. He is a very affectionate boy who loves people and likes nothing more than a cuddle and just wants a lap to sit on. He is such a gorgeous boy and we really would love to hear from anyone who is looking for a more mature cat that is less likely to want to go off hunting.”
Wadars has also created a small wildlife unit within an existing barn, where staff and volunteers care for birds, hedgehogs and other small mammals until they are well enough to be released back into the wild. From late Spring until early autumn the charity rescues and cares for dozens of gull chicks that have either fallen from their roof top nests or been injured in some way. Plans for further development include building kennels, aviaries, and a small animal section as well as a larger wildlife unit.
It costs the charity over £400,000 a year to operate its services, including its wildlife rescue and companion animal work, and over 90p in every £1 that Wadars receives is spent directly on animal welfare.
How you can help support the work of Wadars
By making a financial contribution – On average it costs Wadars £450 to care for a dog until it can be rehomed and around £350 for a cat. By donating to Wadars you could be helping in the following ways –
*£20 could provide a bed for one of the pens in the Wadars cattery
*£50 could pay for a wildlife pen in which to house orphaned hedgehogs
*£100 could pay for the items required to completely kit-out a cattery pen
*£350 could provide a cat with an initial veterinary assessment and treatment, and a warm, safe environment until it can be found a new home
*By volunteering for Wadars – we currently have several volunteering opportunities including:
*Helping to run a stall at one of our fundraising events
*Becoming one of our volunteer wildlife helpers (either driving animals to the vet or helping to clean and feed casualties in our wildlife barn)
*Picking up cats from our cattery and dropping them off at pre-arranged veterinary appointments (for example when they are to be neutered)
*Fostering queens and kittens until they are ready to go to a new home
*By donating items that we need, including –
*Felix adult cat food pouches
*Felix kitten food pouches
*Wood pellet cat litter
*Small plastic cat litter trays (for orphaned gull chicks to use as a nest)
*Dog chews and treats
*Ceramic pet bowls
*Clean towels and face cloths
Whichever way you support Wadars you will be helping enable us to continue providing our services for wildlife and companion animals in and around the Worthing area.