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Keep Your Cat Inside

Whether they live in the city, in the suburbs, or in the country, outdoor cats can face a multitude of risks. Many owners believe that cats are happiest when roaming outside, when in fact household cats are more likely to die prematurely from diseases, poisons, and vehicular collisions when allowed to roam outdoors. The lifespan of a free-roaming cat is shorter compared to the 15-18 years for the average indoor-only cat.

The Wisconsin Humane Society operates the state's largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and we are concerned with the welfare of both domestic and wild animals. We encourage cat owners to keep their cats indoors to protect their animals, as well as native wildlife.

The Wisconsin Humane Society recommends the following steps to help your cats live long, healthy lives:

  • Keep your cat indoors. Outdoors cats have a much shorter life span than those who live indoors. If you currently allow your cat outside, check out these tips for training him or her to stay inside.
  • Make sure your cat wears a collar and an identification tag. Also consider having your cat microchipped. The microchipping procedure is fast and easy, and can make a big difference in helping you get your cat back if they ever go missing. All cats adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society leave with a microchip.
  • Spay or neuter your cat. This surgery helps reduce overpopulation and has health and behavior benefits for you and your cat. The Wisconsin Humane Society spays or neuters all cats prior to adoption. We also have spay/neuter resources available to the public at various locations. Visit for more information. 
  • Encourage neighbors, family and friends to keep their cats indoors.

If you have questions about keeping your cat indoors, contact the Wisconsin Humane Society behavior department at or 414-431-6173. 


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Exciting Pet Walk news!

Now through May 31, all donations made to each Pet Walk event will be MATCHED thanks to some incredible friends of WHS!

How to take advantage of this opportunity to help twice as many animals:
- Make a donation to Pet Walk online
- Donate to a friend who is participating in Pet Walk
- Register for your local Pet Walk and start collecting donations to win prizes

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