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Ozaukee Humane Society is one of 5 adoption locations that form the Wisconsin Humane Society network:
The Wisconsin Humane Society was founded in 1879 and has been saving the lives of animals for over 140 years! They're an independent, nonprofit organization which relies on kind donations, adoption fees, and fundraising efforts to stay open. There's no time limit on how long an animal can stay at any of the shelters. Their focus is on providing humane care and finding the best forever home possible for each pet in their care.
Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission is to help create a community that respects and values the animals in it, treating them with the love and kindness that deserve.
Annually, 40,000 animals are collectively taken in and placed in the various campuses, including the Ozaukee campus. Stray, wild, and owner-surrendered pets make up a huge percentage. Animals from the local and state control facilities, and from other overcrowded shelters, are also transferred here.
The entire Wisconsin Humane Society system is the largest shelter in the state of Wisconsin. In addition to finding homes for over 13,000 animals in need every year, they also offers the following specialized services:
Adoptions at Ozaukee Humane Society happen on a first-come, first-served basis. For this reason, we recommend heading to the shelter ASAP if you've seen a lucky animal on their website that you have your heart set on adopting. It isn't necessary to make an appointment in advance to visit, but during busy periods of the day/week, you may have to wait to meet with an Adoption Counselor.
If you'd like to save yourself a little time, you can complete a Dog Adopter Profile, Cat Adopter Profile, or Small Animal/Exotic Adopter Profile online in advance. This isn't an application, but it'll be used by your Adoption Counselor to guide you through the process.
Once at the shelter, an Adoption Counselor will introduce you to any animals that may have caught your eye (and possibly already stolen your heart). They'll review each animal’s medical profile, behavior, and placement needs to make sure you're a good match. Once you've found the one, it's time to complete some paperwork and pay the appropriate fee to finalize the adoption.
To be eligible for adoption on the day you visit, you will'll need to bring a couple things:
All cats must leave in a carrier and dogs on a leash. Don’t worry if you don’t have these items already, though. They can be purchased on-site at Ozaukee Humane Society's shop.
Finally, you're free to leave and start a wonderful life with your new best friend!
Adoption fees at Ozaukee Humane Society vary according to health, behavior, and length of stay at the shelter. Individual fees are displayed on each pets bio online.
Ozaukee Humane Society offers a 10% military discount on adoption fees with valid proof of service.
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, microchipping, a complimentary bag of Hill's Science Diet food, a certificate for a free post-adoption vet exam, a VCA Animal Hospitals Healthy Start Certificate, and 14-day follow-up care for any conditions listed.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.