Here are a few quick answers to frequently asked questions about how the rescue and our shelter are currently funded and operating:
Q: Who is Warrensburg Animal Rescue (W.A.R.)?
A: W.A.R. is the organization behind the Old Drum Animal Shelter. We organized in August 2020 in response to the City of Warrensburg’s vote to defund our local animal shelter. The shelter is the only animal shelter in Johnson County, Missouri and has been an important part of this community for more than 43 years.
W.A.R. assumed control of the shelter on Jan. 1, 2021. The city of Warrensburg and Johnson County Missouri each committed to match the first $100,000 W.A.R. raised as part of the first year agreement between the three parties.
Q: How much does it cost to keep the shelter running?
A: In 2021, it will require approximately $330,000 to run the shelter, or $27,500 a month. This includes staffing, animal feed, veterinary care, utilities, vehicle upkeep, office supplies, licenses and insurance required to maintain a rescue serving the immediate surrounding area of Johnson County, Missouri.
Q: Is the city/county match of $100,000 an annual match?
A: No. This is a one year Coop agreement between W.A.R., the City of Warrensburg and Johnson County, Missouri, that will not extend past December 31, 2021.
Q: How much does it cost to take care of an animal at the shelter?
A: If an animal is in good health, it is estimated “ that the average cost of care for a cat or dog is around $700- $875 annually.*”
Q: Can I donate with a recurring monthly donation?
A: Yes, please help support and sustain Old Drum Animal Shelter, the home of Warrensburg Animal Rescue, by donating as little or as much as you would like through our PayPal account.
Q: Can I donate by check?
A: Absolutely! Checks should be made out to Warrensburg Animal Rescue. Donations can be dropped off directly at the Old Drum Animal Shelter during business hours or mailed to:
Warrensburg Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 1234
Warrensburg, Mo 64093
Q: What are the plans for 2022 and beyond?
A: W.A.R. intends to seek out all possible revenue streams from fundraising to grant writing to help supplement the budget of what it takes to keep our Old Drum Animal Shelter running.
Q: Is Old Drum Animal Shelter a “No Kill”facility?
A: Correct, we are a “No Kill” facility. Warrensburg Animal Rescue’s goal and our belief is to treat, care for and find homes for all animals entering the facility. We will even network out to other rescues as necessary to find the best humane solution for our toughest of cases.
(*Source: Rutgers University)