SE Wisconsin humane societies waive cat adoption fees in July

WiG report

Six shelters in southeastern Wisconsin have agreed to waive adoption fees for adult cats (1 year or older) throughout the month of July.

The initiative, the first ever of its kind, comes in response to a recent spike in abandoned cats in the region, according to a press release.

“Just eight weeks ago we had empty adoption suites and today, we have more than 160 cats and kittens on our adoption floor looking for new homes,” said Anne Reed, president and CEO of Wisconsin Humane Society. “We’re hearing similar trends from our colleagues throughout southeastern Wisconsin and we’re hoping this initiative will inspire more cat adoptions throughout the entire region.”

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, Milwaukee County’s stray holding facility, reports receiving between 30 and 50 cats and kittens daily.

“The only way to keep up with that is by adopting or transferring out the same number each day,” said MADACC executive director Karen Sparapani. “With all shelters overwhelmed this time of year, we truly count on the community to adopt to keep our population moving through.”

“While summer is known as ‘kitten season’ in our area, there are so many wonderful adult cats needing homes,” said Lynn Olenik, executive director at the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha, in a press statement. “Don’t overlook these amazing pets — they are grown up, fully trained and settled into their personalities. What’s not to like?!?”

You can visit the shelters’ websites to view available cats and learn more about the adoption process. The participating shelters include:

  • Elmbrook Humane Society,
  • Humane Animal Welfare Society,
  • Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission,
  • Sheboygan County Humane Society,
  • Washington County Humane Society,
  • Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus,
  • Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus,
  • Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus,


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