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Keywords you may see associated with animals below:

“Coming Soon” most often means an animal is recovering from their spay/neuter surgery and will likely be available the following day. 
“On Deck” means an animal isn't able to leave the shelter with a new family just yet, but you can still come in to meet them. 
Available from Foster means the animal is not physically inside our shelter but is instead in foster care while they search for a family of their own. Click on the animal's photo for information on how to express your interest in adoption to their foster parent. 
Working Cats” are highly independent felines who are seeking non-home environments where they can thrive while keeping rodents at bay. 
Looking for breed names? Click here to learn why WHS stopped labeling dog breeds in 2016.

Please select a campus below for instructions on how to adopt. If you're looking to meet a specific animal, be sure to double-check the location they're housed at before booking or visiting.

  • 1/3/22: Due to significant COVID-related staffing shortages, we have temporarily closed adoption services at our Racine, Ozaukee, and Door County Campuses. Most other services remain open, including stray and surrender intake. Available animals from the affected locations will be transferred to our Milwaukee and Green Bay Campuses which will remain open for adoption. For the most up-to-date information regarding campus closures and services, please call our WHS Closure Status Hotline (414) 377-7726. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we focus our limited staff capacity on animal care. Thank you!
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 Interested in adopting a dog? Fill out an adoption profile, and we'll have it waiting for you when you get here!

 Interested in adopting a cat? Fill out an adoption profile, and we'll have it waiting for you when you get here!

 Interested in adopting? Fill out an adoption profile, and we'll have it waiting for you when you get here!