Adoption Procedures

Adopting a Pet

Second chances happen every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  Through expert care and a whole lot of love and commitment, we find homes for thousands of animals each year. There are no time or space limits for animals in our adoption program. 

We do same day adoptions at the Wisconsin Humane Society and adoptions are first-come, first-served as long as it's a good match! Since the individual needs of each animal and adopter vary, an Adoption Counselor will work with you one-on-one to help you find the right match for your home. We recommend that you allow ample time to learn about your new companion and complete the process.

The adoption process generally takes at least an hour and wait times can vary from 20 minutes to 3 hours during peak times.  On busy days, we may need to stop checking in clients prior to closing time to accommodate potential adopters on our waiting list. Thank you for your patience and for the huge community support for adopting WHS animals! 

All adopters must provide a valid photo ID and proof of address. 

We also suggest coming in during non-peak hours (weekday afternoons) as it reduces the potential for long waits.

To ensure that WHS animals and adopters are properly matched, we have a few adoption guidelines.

  1. Each potential adopter will complete an Adopter Profile that will be reviewed by an adoption counselor and will stay on file for 2 months. To fill out an adoption profile online, click here. 

  2. A Photo ID with current address will be requested by the adoption counselor. If address does not match, please bring in proof of current address (ex. utility bill or other bills).

  3. The adoption counselor will ask questions regarding your residence, family members living in the household and other animals living in the home to ensure the best match is made.

If you have room in your home - and your heart - stop by and pay us a visit!  

Click here to download an adopter profile that you can fill out ahead of time.

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