Wisconsin Humane Society (Ozaukee)

Saukville, Wisconsin

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About Ozaukee Humane Society

Ozaukee Humane Society is one of 5 adoption locations that form the Wisconsin Humane Society network:

  • Ozaukee Campus: 630 West Dekora St, Saukville, WI 53080
  • Milwaukee Campus: 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208
  • Racine Campus: 8900 16th St, Mount Pleasant, WI 53177
  • Green Bay Campus: 1830 Radisson St, Green Bay, WI 54302
  • Door County Campus: 3475 Park D, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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:

  • Low-cost spay/neuter clinic
  • Pet food bank for low-income families
  • Youth programs
  • Outreach programs
  • Foster care
  • Dog training classes
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Contact Info

630 West Dekora St
(262) 377-7580

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

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:

  • Proof of current address
  • Valid photo ID

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

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.

  • Dogs/puppies: $25-$449 (plus local tax)
  • Kittens (up to 12 months): $99-$199 (plus local tax)
  • Adult cats (12+ months): Name your own fee
  • Other small/exotic animals: Name your own fee or fees up to $75 (plus local tax)

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.

Adoption Process & Fees

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, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

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Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Wisconsin Humane Society (Ozaukee)
directly using the contact info above.

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