If you have run out of time and do need to surrender your pet.

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission

MADACC runs a VERY limited adoption program, but they can accept owner surrenders if necessary, There is a $100 surrender fee for this service, as this animal will be taking space and resources that need to be made available for animals in crisis.

Wisconsin Humane Society

Residents of Milwaukee County can contact the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) if they are no longer able to provide the best home for their companion. WHS has a wonderful adoption program, with three facilities and can offer animals exposure to many potential adopters.


During certain times of year, Wisconsin Humane Society might have a waiting list to bring in animals. They will always ask you to make an appointment, but can make exceptions for individuals in an emergency situation where they must immediately give up the animal. They do ask for a small surrender fee, but again, accommodations may be made for those with limited means and in a crisis situation.

Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County

HAWS leads the community in animal welfare and assures sanctuary for animals in need.

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County primarily serves the cities and towns of Waukesha County. However, if you reside outside of our primary service area and have not been able to find a safe place for your pet to go, please contact us! We have an entire network of rescue groups that we can offer for referrals. Also, we may be able to take your pet into our shelter while other arrangements can be made.


Elmbrook Humane Society Rehoming Program

EHS is pleased to offer this resource to support Waukesha County residents in need of re-homing their pet.  Animals listed on their page are not Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) animals, nor are they up for adoption through EBHS. EBHS has not assessed, evaluated, or handled these animals. These animals are being re-homed by members of the community.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please visit the Surrendering Your Pet page by clicking here.


Pet Re-Homing Help

We know that situations may arise in anyone’s life where you can no longer care for or keep your pet. We feel that people in this situation need assistance and not to be judged for these circumstances. Finding a new home for your dog can seem daunting, but we are here to help if you are in a situation that you no longer care for a companion that you love.


If you've arrived at the decision to re-home your dog, there are certain steps you can take without surrendering your pet to a shelter. 

When needing to re-home your pet, it is in their best interest for you to find their new home without them ever leaving your side. Doing this allows you to play a role in placing your pet with a new family, reduces stress of transition for your pet, and frees up resources for other pets in need within the Milwaukee Animal Sheltering System.

Courtesy Cupids - Re-Homing Help
The MAIN requirement of the program is that your pet be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on his/her rabies vaccine.


This will make it easier for you to find a new home for your pet and addresses the overpopulation and pet health concerns.

What you will need to do to submit a request a “Courtesy Cupid” Post.
Take several color photos of your pet enjoying your home and showcasing their looks, size, etc.

Write a short bio about your pet. This should include the reason why your pet needs a new home, the kind of home he or she would do well in, and some funny or interesting information – for example, your pet’s funniest behaviors, his/her favorite thing to do, or the thing you love most about your pet. Many people write the story from the animal’s perspective, for example, “Hi, my name is Bella…” Remember to be honest. You want this transition to be successful for your animal.

NOTE: Before we can post your pet on our website you need to submit proof of rabies vaccination and spay/neuter to adoptacupid@gmail.com. Please include your name and your pets name in the email with needed documentation.

Once an application is received we will forward their information on to you directly. You can then reach out to them to speak to them so they can learn more and visit your pet. Animals will remain on the Web site for at least 30 days but please email us once your pet has been adopted so we can keep things current.

Other suggestions to help.

E-mail friends, family co-workers. Post on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Share your photos and story to everyone and place the poster at your workplace or community bulletin board.

Good luck and remember, we are here to help should you need us!

Also check out WHS DIY Rehoming Listings

If you are moving and need Animal Friendly Housing

The Wisconsin Humane Society has compiled a list of animal friendly housing all over Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine.

For those with bully breed dogs who need renters or homeowner’s insurance, the following insurance providers are pit bull friendly and can give you competitive rates while keeping your family together:


• Allstate Insurance
• Farmers Insurance
• State Farm Insurance