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Adoption Process

Adoption Fees, Forms & Process

 

Second chances happen every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  Through expert care and a whole lot of love and commitment, we find homes for thousands of animals each year. There are no time or space limits for animals in our adoption program. 

We do same day adoptions at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Since the individual needs of each animal and adopter vary, an Adoption Counselor will work with you one-on-one to help you find the right match for your home. The adoption process generally takes at least an hour. We recommend that you allow ample time to learn about your new companion and complete the process.

All adopters must provide a valid photo ID and proof of address. 

We also suggest coming in during non-peak hours (weekday afternoons) as it reduces the potential for long waits. In rare circumstances, out-of-state dog adopters might not be able to take home their new companion animal on the same day of adoption, as special medical records may be needed for transport.

Learn more about our adoption process

Type of Animal Fee*
Dogs $79.00 - $449.00

All three WHS campuses offer a 25% military discount on adoption fees with valid proof of service.
* Please add 5.6% sales tax to all fees listed above.

The Wisconsin Humane Society provides valuable care and treatment for all kinds of animals in need. Last year, we found homes for 10,000 animals. Some of those animals were in need of an extraordinary amount of medical intervention. Our veterinary team works tirelessly to save animals with life threatening conditions.

Variable adoption pricing allows us to provide top quality care for all animals. Having a higher adoption fee for some animals that will find a home quickly enables us to care for animals in need of lifesaving medical and behavioral intervention. Our variable pricing helps us to provide excellent care for animals who reside in our shelter for a longer stay.

Adoption fees for all dogs, cats and rabbits include:

  • Sterilization (spay/neuter surgery)
  • Microchip (a permanent identification to help protect animals from loss or theft)
  • Primary vaccinations
  • Certificate for a free veterinary examination
  • Dogs and cats receive a 30-day gift of free pet insurance from 24PetWatch
  • Life-long support from our behavior experts 

Adoption Process

To ensure that WHS animals and adopters are properly matched, we have a few adoption guidelines.

  1. Each potential adopter will complete an Adopter Profile that will be reviewed by an adoption counselor and will stay on file for 2 months. To fill out a dog adoption profile online, click here.  
  2. A Photo ID with current address will be requested by the adoption counselor. If address does not match, please bring in proof of current address (ex. Utility bill or other bills).
  3. The adoption counselor will ask questions regarding your residence, family members living in the household and other animals living in the home to ensure the best match is made.

If you have room in your home - and your heart - stop by and pay us a visit!  

If you have any questions please call (414) ANIMALS (264-6257) or send an email to companion@wihumane.org.

Adoption Fees, Forms & Process

Cats (over 1 year) Name Your Own Fee**
Kittens (6 months to 1 year) $25.00 - 89.00
Kittens (5 months and under) $69.00 - 149.00

* Please add 5.6% sales tax to all fees listed above.
**There is no fee for adult cats, but as part of the Name Your Own Fee program, all donations will help care for homeless animals in our shelter. 

All three WHS campuses offer a 25% military discount on adoption fees with valid proof of service. Buddy Discount! When you adopt two kittens, you get 50% off the second adoption fee.

Adoption fees for all dogs, cats and rabbits include:

  • Sterilization (spay/neuter surgery)
  • Microchip (a permanent identification to help protect animals from loss or theft)
  • Primary vaccinations
  • Certificate for a free veterinary examination
  • Dogs and cats receive a 30-day gift of free pet insurance from 24PetWatch
  • Life-long support from our behavior experts  

Adoption Process

To ensure that WHS animals and adopters are properly matched, we have a few adoption guidelines.

  1. Each potential adopter will complete an Adopter Profile that will be reviewed by an adoption counselor and will stay on file for 2 months. To fill out a cat adoption profile online, click here.
  2. A Photo ID with current address will be requested by the adoption counselor. If address does not match, please bring in proof of current address (ex. Utility bill or other bills).
  3. The adoption counselor will ask questions regarding your residence, family members living in the household and other pets living in the home to ensure the best match is made.

If you have room in your home - and your heart - stop by and pay us a visit!

 

Adoption Fees, Forms & Process

Type of animal Fee*
Gerbils, Hamsters, Rats & Mice $2.00
Guinea Pigs $20.00
Rabbits $15.00
Chinchillas $40.00
   
Doves $48/pair
Love Birds $30.00
Canary  $20.00
Cockatiel $60.00
Parakeets $7.00
Finches $5.00

* Please add 5.6% sales tax to all fees listed above.

Included in the rabbit adoption:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • A certificate for a free veterinary exam
  • Microchip Implant, a permanent identification to help protect animals from loss or theft.

Adoption Process

To ensure WHS animals and adopters are properly matched, we have a few adoption guidelines.

  1. Each potential adopter will complete an Adopter Profile that will be reviewed by an adoption counselor and will stay on file for 2 months. To fill out an adoption profile online click here.
  2. A Photo ID with current address will be requested by the adoption counselor. If address does not match, please bring in proof of current address (ex. Utility bill or other bills).
  3. The adoption counselor will ask questions regarding your residence, family members living in the household and other pets living in the home to ensure the best match is made.

 

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