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WHS announces effort to increase pet licensing and vaccination in Racine


EXTENDED THROUGH 2020!  City of Racine pet licenses provided at no cost to new WHS Racine Campus adopters

RACINE – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Racine Campus has announced a collaborative effort with the City of Racine Public Health Department that provides 2019 pet licenses at no cost to City of Racine residents who adopt a pet from the WHS Racine Campus in 2019. Since pet licenses require animals to be current on their rabies vaccination, the vaccine will be provided to all dogs or cats over the age of 4 months adopted by City of Racine residents.

Local ordinances require domesticated animals to be vaccinated and licensed, and this initiative aims to protect animal health through increasing the number of licensed animals in the community. Increased compliance with the rabies vaccination requirement improves public safety, while licensing helps to identify lost pets and make more reunifications possible.  

“This program eliminates financial barriers for new pet owners in the City of Racine to license their new family member,” said Anne Reed, president & CEO of WHS.  “We hope this opportunity also brings more people to our Racine Campus to adopt a new companion.”

All licenses and tags will be issued by the City of Racine and mailed to adopters within one month of adoption.  The cost of a City of Racine cat or dog license is $12 for neutered/spayed animals or $37 for unsterilized animals (cats and dogs from WHS are spayed/neutered prior to adoption). Through this program, those fees will be waived for all City of Racine residents who newly adopt a cat or dog from the WHS Racine Campus in 2019. The program officially begins on January 7, 2019. 

To see available animals at the WHS Racine Campus at 8900 16th Street in Mount Pleasant, visit

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The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin, serving 40,000 animals and their families every year. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. The organization depends on donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses for all its lifesaving programs. WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Brown and Door Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  The organization offers adoption services, youth programs, veterinary services, retail stores, wildlife rehabilitation, training classes and more. To learn more, visit