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Milwaukee – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has received a $75,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more homeless pets in Wisconsin for adoption. Some five million pets make their way into shelters each year in the U.S. This grant will help to cover the costs associated with preparing animals for adoption, which includes everything from daily animal care and spay/neuter surgeries to technological support and marketing. 

In 2022, the Wisconsin Humane Society found adoptive homes for 10,997 animals. All dogs and cats adopted from WHS receive spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip, and supportive resources to set new adopters up for success. Most of the animals coming into the shelter also need additional medical or behavioral support prior to adoption. 

“Our average cost of care for each animal is about $450, and our adoption fees don’t come close to covering those expenses,” said Angela Speed, vice president of marketing and communications. “This generous grant from PetSmart Charities helps bridge that gap for so many animals in need, and we’re deeply grateful for the support.”  

“Shelter and rescue groups across the country continue to navigate realities like full facilities, limited access to veterinary care and staffing shortages. That’s why it’s more important than ever to support partners like Wisconsin Humane Society who help thousands of pets each year said Heidi Marston, director of pet placement at PetSmart Charities.  “We’re grateful for partners like WHS who are not only committed to the pets in their care but who support the needs of the broader pet-loving community.”

To see a list of animals currently available for adoption, please visit Many cats, dogs, rabbits, and other critters are looking for new loving homes!  


About the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1879 and is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin, annually serving 40,000 animals and the people who love them. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. 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. WHS is ranked 4 stars by Charity Navigator, the premier independent charity watchdog group. To learn more, visit 


About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps up to 600,000 pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and emergency relief. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at, while shopping at, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart® stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit


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  • Friday, January 27, 2023
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