Adoptions are temporarily closed on Wisconsin Humane Society’s Racine, Ozaukee and Door County campuses


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – In response to staff and volunteer shortages linked to COVID, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced, effective January 3, that pet adoptions will only be offered to depart from their Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses until further notice. Adoption services will not be available at their Racine, Ozaukee or Door County campuses at this time.

“At the start of the pandemic, we tried this strategy and it allowed us to keep our doors open for animals in need despite unpredictable and limited staff,” said Angela Speed, vice president of communications. “Unfortunately, COVID is having a huge impact on our work again, but this temporary change will allow us to continue caring for the animals and families who need our support. “

Animals available on these campuses will be transported to Milwaukee, Green Bay or foster homes for adoption.

To help keep the shelter population low, WHS is also looking for foster parents to open their hearts and homes to dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals. Some of these animals may need time to recover from illness or injury, or simply go to foster care to make more room in the shelter for newcomers. WHS also has a facilitated adoption program where foster parents can be trained to provide adoption services on their own, allowing staff members to focus their efforts on other animals in the shelter. It’s easy to sign up to be part of the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Rachael Ray â„¢ Nutrish® Hosting Program. CLICK HERE to watch the online orientation, complete the Foster Parent form and WHS will contact you to help you get started.

WHS remains open to all locations for pick-up by appointment, as well as stray animal care in counties where they are the contracted agency to care for stray animals (which includes the majority municipalities in Racine, Ozaukee, Door and Brown counties). For more information on adoption hours or other services, CLICK HERE.


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