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Beagle FAQs


Are any of the Beagles available for adoption?

Beagles being cared for by WHS will be available for adoption once they are healthy and/or old enough for loving homes. If you are interested in adoption, please keep a close eye on our website at www.wihumane.org/adopt over the coming days and weeks -- the site updates in real-time and each pup will be made available whenever they’re medically cleared for adoption, so depending on when you look, you may see none, very few, or several at once. If you do not see any of the Beagles on our Adopt page, there are not any available at the moment, but again, things change quickly so be sure to check back often. 

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Can I foster one of the Beagles?

We always need more foster families, especially when emergency rescues like this take place. You can get started right now by watching our 15-minute online orientation video and completing our volunteer application at the end. Once our team has reviewed and approved your application, you'll be able to see a list of all animals currently in need of fostering and you can choose whoever feels like the right fit for your family. Thank you for your interest in fostering at WHS!

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Why hasn’t anyone returned my call/email/message about the Beagles yet?

Our team is working hard to get back to everyone, but we have been receiving hundreds of inquiries about these pups each day and the phones are ringing off the hook. While we are so moved by the outpouring of support we’ve received and always strive to follow up with everyone, our priority is ensuring the animals at WHS receive top-notch care while they’re with us. We’ve put together this page in hopes of answering your questions in a more efficient way. Thank you so much for your patience as we work to reply to the many inquiries we’ve received! You all are amazing!

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Where are you located?

WHS operates five shelters in Milwaukee, Saukville, Mt. Pleasant, Green Bay, and Sturgeon Bay. Click here for addresses and hours of operation

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When I see a Beagle is available on the website, what should I do?

Adoptions occur on a first-come, first-served basis (as long as it’s a good fit) and we often have lines of people waiting to meet with an Adoption Counselor, so you’ll want to take action as soon as possible. Double check which campus the Beagle you’d like to meet is located at before hitting the road. Our check-in process varies by community:

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Do you have an application process?

No, we do not screen or pre-approve our adopters. We do ask that you fill out an Adoption Profile prior to your visit so your Adoption Counselor is better able to help you find your match when you get here. This not an application and we do not follow up after we receive your form.

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What is your adoption process?

Once you’ve been assigned an Adoption Counselor, they’ll talk with you one-on-one to help you find the right match for your family, introduce you to some animals whom have caught your eye, and – if you choose to adopt – you’ll go home with your new companion right away. All five WHS shelters offer a store full of affordable pet supply items in case you need a leash, food, treats, toys, or more. Plus, all proceeds from the store go right back to the animals at WHS! Click here for more on our adoption process.

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Can I put a hold on an animal until I’m able to get to the shelter?

No, we do not offer holds prior to visiting the shelter, as it means animals have to stay in the shelter longer than necessary, subjecting them to increased stress or opportunity to contract an illness. By ensuring there are no barriers to animals finding homes as quickly as possible, we help keep them as happy and healthy as possible, and are able to open up room for the next animal in need.

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Do you allow out-of-state adoptions?

Yes, but be sure to check the laws in your state regarding the transport of animals across state lines. It’s also important to note that puppies often go home with new families the same day they’re made available for adoption – sometimes in a matter of hours – so if you’re planning a long trip once you see an animal available on our website, the timing may not work in your favor. If you’re specifically looking to adopt one of the Beagles from this rescue but do not live in Wisconsin, check out this listing on the HSUS website of other shelter partners across the country.

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I can’t adopt or foster, but would love to donate – how can I help?

We are so grateful -- please click here to make a donation to support their care. The Wisconsin Humane Society does not receive general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella organizations. Thank you in advance for your support, which makes it possible for us to help in situations like this.

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