FAQs

Can I become a member of WLPA?

Sure. Membership is opened for everyone who is aged 18 and over. Please see the 'Get involved' tab on our menu of our website.

Can I surrender companion animals to WLPA?

WLPA accepts cats and dogs for a surrender fees animals. Adult cats take up to one year to rehome so a fee of $300 is asked to help up with the $1000 it actually costs (for year of care and vet visits).  Additional to a low-intake shelter we have a small network of volunteer foster carers who look after animals in their homes until loving homes can be found. Unlike most other animal charities in the Sydney region, WLPA is ‘no kill’, meaning that we do not view the killing of healthy, old, or curably sick animals as an ethical solution to the problem of the growing numbers of abandoned animals. Cats, small dogs and kittens approaching weaning and preferably under 10 weeks old can be considered for surrender to WLPA.  A surrender fee of $20 per kitten applies and $200 for desexed cats and $300 for undesexed cats applies.

What is “rescued animal”?

  • WLPA rescues the animal and then adopts the animal out to a loving home.
  • WLPA do not rescue from animal pounds. We rescue directly from the community to divert animals away from pounds, saving hundreds of lives a year.
  • A rescued animal is in contrast to one that is bred by breeders for profit.
  • We rescue cats and kittens who are abandoned or unwanted.  They may be lost, injured or pregnant or have had given birth to kittens/puppies.
  • Most rescued animals arise from a failure to desex pets.

Where do the animals come from that are cared for by WLPA?

WLPA rescues animals from many different situations. Some are surrendered to us by concerned members of the public. Some are from owners who have died. Some are found on the streets - neglected and starving. Others have been left at vet clinics to be killed.

 

 

What is involved with the WLPA animal adoption process?

  • Phone the adoption line on 0409 741 414.
  • Contact our Adoption Centre weekdays by email admin@wlpa.org.
  • Potential adopters can view cats or kittens and finalise the adoption process with a face to face interview.
  • A home visit in mandated to check safety and security.

What is the cost of adopting a WLPA cat or kitten?

When accepting a new cat or dog WLPA pays $300 in health care and $600 per year to feed. We invite from adopters a tax deductible donation to reimburse the costs of routine health care (de-sex, vaccinations, microchip). We usually ask $150-$200 for cats and $280 for kittens. De-sexed dogsd cost around $300-$500.  All animals adopted from the WLPA are de-sexed (at between 4 - 6 months) and are microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea-treated at entry to our adoption program.

There are many stray cats in my area, what is the best way to help them?

  • Do not contact us via Facebook as we respond faster by phone.
  • Contact WLPA by email at admin@wlpa.org on weekdays or phone (02) 9817 4892 (3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday), to discuss the best options.
  • Injured animals may be reported to president on 0407 456 683.

 

What kind of volunteers does the WLPA need?

Being a volunteer based organisation, WLPA needs all kinds of volunteers aged 18 and over and preferably those who can work with little or no supervision. We invite skilled people from any walk of life.

  • assist with the maintenance of our office, attending peaceful rallies and writing letters to local and national papers on animal issues.
  • provide foster care for an animal in need and assisting communities who feed and manage colony cats (currently needed in Bankstown, Abbotsford or Lalor Park).

What is involved in becoming a WLPA foster carer?

  • Fosters carers must drive a car to collect an animal.
  • Assist with the maintenance of our office, attending peaceful rallies and writing letters to local and national papers on animal issues.
  • The foster care experience can be tremendously rewarding but at the same time requires dedication and hard work. Many of our animals have had a sad start to life and may need help overcome any shyness and insecurities they may have.
  • Carers must be able to provide adequate food, water, shelter and attention to their animals.
  • With our authorisation, carers may be needed to transport the animal to a vet in case of an emergency.
  • Foster cares must cooperate with our ”assertive rehoming” process. They must participate in rehoming events on an occasional rostered basis. Foster carers will often experience a great sense of achievement. They know that their efforts have saved a life.
  • Foster cares may participate in  follow up home visits of their fostered animal.
  • Fostering an adult is for a minimum 4 months
  • Fostering a kitten is for up to a 1 month commitment.

 

What kind of donations does the WLPA accept?

  • WLPA accepts all kinds of donations.
  • Monetary donations can be made on this website or can be posted (by cheque or postal order) to the WLPA office. In addition to this, donations of pet food, pet litter, worming and flea treatments, pet carry baskets, bedding (such as old blankets), traps, holding cages and large pet enclosures will assist our volunteer foster carers and help us to continue our “hands-on” rescue work.
  • Donation of office equipment and office supplies are also greatly appreciated. All donations can be delivered to our office (1-2/201 Victoria Rd Gladesville 2111) between 10am and 5pm Mon-Fri or phone our office for further details

 

 

How are donation used?

Donations to the WLPA enable us to continue saving the lives of countless animals. We aim to use our funds for the benefit of the animal causes we champion and keep our core staff to a minimum. Donations will provide rescued animals, mostly cats and kittens, with medical treatment such as emergency vet care, vaccinations and desexing, food and accommodation until they can find loving homes. Funds may also be used to desex many street cats in order to prevent more kittens being born into these already overpopulated areas.

Aside from our rescue work, WLPA also actively campaigns on a number of pertinent issues and some funds may be designated towards producing campaign materials to:

  • preserve and protect native animals (such as the kangaroo and dingo) against exploitation by commercial industry
  • campaign against the widespread use of the poison 1080
  • to having steel jaw traps banned in all states of Australia (achieved in NSW in 1997)

 I would like to become a member of WLPA, how much does it cost and how do I join?

The cost of an individual annual membership subscription is AU$30. The cost of a life subscription to WLPA is AU$300.

Member subscriptions can be made through this website via PayPal, or cheques/money orders may be posted to The World League for Protection of Animals Inc. PO Box 211 Gladesville NSW 2111.

Why should I desex my companion animal?

  • Firstly, 200,000 unwanted cats and dogs are killed in pounds and shelters in NSW each year. Desexing prevents cat overpopluation. A young healthy cat can give birth to two sets of kittens in a year, who can breed at 6 months of age.
  • Desexing is linked with several positive behavioural changes. eg, Reduces aggression, it reduces roaming, in search for a mate
  • Desexing prevents spraying in cats.
  • Desexing reduces risk of road accidents, infections such as feline AIDS and show reduced incidences of developing certain cancers and other fatal diseases.
  • Desexing reduces the cost to council for life time registration of your pets.