Wadars: Behind the scenes at Worthing Animal Sanctuary in search of our wildlife
Based in Ferring, the charity cares for thousands of injured or orphaned animals found in the area each year.
Her team works tirelessly to improve the lives of the animals in her care and is supported by more than 150 volunteers.
Some of the team’s day-to-day duties include answering calls from concerned members of the public and rescuing wildlife in the animal ambulance; feed, clean and care for animals on site; facilitate the adoption of cats, dogs and small animals and organize fundraising events.
The charity even has a team of ‘cat socialisers’ who volunteer their time to keep the animals company in the comfort of the cattery.
Currently, cats are the only animals living on site awaiting adoption, but the charity has received planning permission to build a much larger wildlife unit on its 15 acres of land, along with 22 dog kennels.
The most commonly rescued animals are hedgehogs and birds – currently in the care of Wadars are two hedgehogs, pigeons, ducks and a rook – while other wild animals such as foxes and badgers can be rescued in response to a call from a member of the public, and transported to local centers with facilities to deal with them.
During the summer, the bulk of the animals that need help are baby gulls that have fallen from rooftops. This time of year has been dubbed ‘Silly Season’ and the rescue said it happens ‘like clockwork’.
Although it can be hard to resist, volunteers – especially those new to this role – are discouraged from talking to and caring for wildlife in care.
Tracy Cadman, operations manager, said: “What we’re trying to do with wildlife is not to tame it in any way because if we do, there’s no way we’re going to release her.
“What we don’t want are staff talking to a pigeon.
“It’s a wild animal and it needs to go back into the wild, so we don’t want them imprinting on humans at all.”
The charity is passionate about prioritizing well-being, and its adoption process reflects this.
When an animal is ready to be rehomed, it is placed on the website where potential adopters can fill out an application form if they are interested.
Animals are matched with suitable adopters. So while there is no problem with a person’s application form, they may be refused to adopt that specific cat or dog if it does not meet their needs. good home for this animal.
After visiting an animal, the person considering adoption has a 48-hour “cooling-off period” before making the big decision.
“It’s too easy to come in and get excited about a cat you just saw.
“But when you get home and think about it, is this really the cat for you?”
Wadars ensures that any animal in his care is microchipped, vaccinated, neutered, and receives treatment for fleas and worms before he is ready for adoption. Once he has undergone all the necessary veterinary treatments, he can be announced.
It costs around £500,000 a year to run Wadars, and the charity relies solely on donations, fundraising and legacies. Walk for Wadars is an upcoming fundraising event, which will see ‘two and four legged participants’ walking five miles from Goring Gap Green to Worthing Pier and back. To register to participate, click here.
Wadars is located at Hangleton Lane, Ferring, BN12 6PP.
For more information about Wadars visit their website or call: 01903 247111.
Wadars, an animal rescue charity in Worthing, is calling for volunteers