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WRHA is the sole open admissions dog and cat shelter in Madison County which is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and compassion for the animals entrusted to us, striving to enhance adoptability, and re-homing adoptable animals at the highest rate possible, while educating and leading our community in creating a more humane society.
Wanderers' Rest Humane Association, Inc. (WRHA) is a private, non-profit organization that was started in 1981 by a group of dedicated people who donated their time, money and energy to create an animal shelter. Beginning in small, leased quarters with a handful of rescued animals -- some housed in the members' own homes -- the Association's commitment was rewarded one year later when Madison County (NY) contracted with WRHA to receive all stray dogs brought in by local dog control officers. This contract, renewed annually, not only provides a service to the county, but also the funds received represent a significant portion of our operating budget. Nevertheless, we still must depend on community support for two-thirds of the funding required for our operations. This public support has always been key to the maintenance of WRHA, and is more important today than ever.