Gift of Companionship
When a person commits
themselves to the life and wellness of their animal
companion, the world is a better place. It has been
said that one should not give an animal as a gift,
but recent research has shown otherwise. The Wisconsin
Humane Society is one of the animal welfare agencies
nation-wide to test conventional wisdom and to offer
the carefully designed Gift of Companionship program.
We believe that with a thoughtful approach and adequate
support, the bonds of animal companionship can last
- How well do you
really know the person to whom you're giving the
gift of companionship? Take our quiz to find out!
- Has your friend
ever considered adding a companion animal to their
lifestyle? Do you know what type of companion
animal interests them?
- Is your friend at
least 18 years of age and a resident of Wisconsin?
- Would you feel comfortable
receiving a gift of this magnitude from this person?
- Does youR friend
have a realistic understanding of the care involved
with being a guardian for a companion animal and
will they be able to afford the necessities required
in order to care for their new companion?
- Is your friend an
active person, willing to provide adequate exercise
for a dog after a long day at work? Will they
take time to socialize a cat or small animal?
- Is this person prepared
to wake up in the middle of the night to let a
puppy out, or tolerate late-night kitten crazies?
Would an older companion be more suitable?
- Do you know the
daily routine of your friend's life? Does their
landlord allow animals? Do they have enough time
to devote to an animal? Will everyone in the household
be pleased to receive a new animal into the home?
Will their resident animals be willing to add
a new member to their clan?
- Does your friend
have any allergies to animals, or do any members
of their household?
Were you able to answer
all of the questions on our quiz with confidence?
Perhaps a gift adoption will best suit your gift-giving
Gift adoptions include
the companion animal and a $25 gift certificate
redeemable within two weeks after the gift giving
date at the Animal Antics retail store located within
is the Process?
In order to give the
gift of companionship, you will need to provide
the following information about the recipient:
- Name, address and
- Age and number of
people living in the household
- Number and type
of other companion animals living in the home
- A description of
the recipient's lifestyle and their expectations
for a companion.
When you give a gift
adoption, you will take legal responsibility for
the companion animal until the recipient meets with
an Adoption Counselor at WHS and signs the adoption
contract transferring guardianship over to themselves.
The recipient must
schedule an appointment to meet with an Adoption
Counselor, within two weeks of the gift giving date,
in order to sign the adoption contract and redeem
their $25 gift certificate.
An Adoption Counselor
will follow up with the recipient in order to ensure
the smoothest transition for the companion animal
into their new homes.
There are many advantages
to adopting from the Wisconsin Humane Society using
our Gift of Companionship program. You can view
available animals and research the different advantages
of adopting by clicking on the links to the left.