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*Please note that adoption fees are waived for all animals who come to WHS from MADACC. This generous gift applies to those animals who were strays at MADACC before being transferred to WHS (not all available animals). Thank you! As usual, you can name your own fee for any adult cats over one year old.

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) and the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced today that adoption fees for all MADACC dogs and cats will be waived for the entire month of December. 

More than 120 cats and 30 dogs will be available for adoption at MADACC, and about 100 additional MADACC animals will be available for adoption at WHS, MADACC’s largest transfer partner. It is the organizations’ first joint holiday promotion. 

“Many families decide that the holidays are the perfect time to bring home a new family member. We want our animals to get the opportunity to be one of those lucky animals, and thanks to local philanthropist Stan Kass, we can make that happen,” said Karen Sparapani, executive director for MADACC.

MADACC and WHS work together on a daily basis to find homes for stray animals in Milwaukee County, and report that the partnership has never been stronger.

“Under Karen’s strong leadership, we’ve had the opportunity to work more closely with MADACC than ever before,” said Anne Reed, president and CEO of WHS, “and this exciting promotion is just an example of the work we are doing together to address animal homelessness in our community.” 

MADACC and WHS are able to waive fees for MADACC animals after receiving a special gift from Skylark Vending specifically to be used for an impactful adoption event. The Kass family is very passionate about promoting shelter animals, as they are the proud adopters of Reggie, a Shepherd mix they adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society. They want everyone to be able to experience the joy of bringing home a shelter animal, so they gave this gift to support the sterilization, vaccination, microchipping and adoption of approximately 250 animals. 

Waived adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, and vaccines. Adopters complete in-person adoption counseling per the usual process.  Animals originally from MADACC available at WHS will have a special online memo to indicate their waived fee. Waived fees will not apply to other animals at WHS. A $12 license fee will apply for all Milwaukee County residents at MADACC. 

MADACC is open M-F 3-7 and weekends 1-4pm or by appointment; please check the website at for holiday hours.  WHS Milwaukee Campus is open T-F 12-8, SAT 10-6 and SUN 11-5; please check the website at for holiday hours. 

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About Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission: MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for nearly 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin.  MADACC provides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets at 3839 W. Burnham St. in West Milwaukee.  MADACC rescues strays and removes dangerous animals from public areas providing effective animal control services by active enforcement of Wisconsin State Statues pertaining to animal welfare. For more information call (414)649-8640 or visit the MADACC website at MADACC is open to the public 7 days a week.


About the Wisconsin Humane Society: WHS is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin.  The non-profit organization was founded in 1879 and currently operates three shelters: the Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Campuses.  WHS offers adoption services, educational programming, spay/neuter clinics for animals from low-income households, retail products, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The organization recently announced plans to open Milwaukee’s first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic. For more information, please call (414) 264-6257 or visit 


  • Monday, December 1, 2014
  • For immediate release
  • Media Contact: Angela Speed
  • 414-431-6104