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Adoption fees waived at WHS for all animals from MADACC

MILWAUKEE – Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) announced that adoption fees for all MADACC dogs and cats would be waived at their facility, and local philanthropist Stan Kass is now making that possible for all MADACC animals who are transferred to the Wisconsin Humane Society from MADACC, as well. 

Hundreds of cats and dogs will be available for adoption through either organization, the two largest animal welfare organizations in the state.  All fees for animals originally from MADACC will be entirely waived, whether they are adopted directly from MADACC or from the Wisconsin Humane Society, MADACC’s largest transfer partner. The promotion runs Friday, December 18 through Sunday, January 10. 

“We’re so grateful to Stan Kass for making this possible, especially during the holidays,” said Angela Speed, vice president for communications at WHS. “Contrary to popular belief, adoptions during the holidays, or even gift adoptions, make for very successful placements. Research finds that the attachment to a pet adopted as a gift adoption is no different than a traditional adoption, and return rates of animals adopted during the holidays at WHS are no different than any other time of the year.”

“During the holiday season, many families have vacation time and are able to spend more time helping their new arrival to adapt, so it can be a perfect time to adopt for many families,” said Speed.  

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. 

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  • Friday, December 18, 2015
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