Adopt a Homeless Pet
We encourage you to add a homeless pet to your household rather than buying one from a classified ad seller, roadside seller or pet shop. Please see our list of adoptable animals available through your local rescue group or shelter. Click here to view adoptable animals.
These pet adoption organizations stand behind their pets. If you have questions they will be there to help you. Humane caregivers get to know their adoptable pets and can share information with you about their temperament, health and general needs. Shelters and rescue groups CARE about the PET and they CARE about YOU. Classified ad pet sellers, puppy millers and back yard breeders only care about making money from the animals they sell.
It is unfortunate that many groups are surfacing who operate as a rescue. Before you consider a rescue, be sure to ask the following questions:
Has the animal been checked by a veteranarian? Ask to see the paperwork. Every dog should be fully up-to-date on vaccinations (a series of three shots is needed for puppies), heartworm checked when applicable, rabies vaccination (if applicable), fecal check, and spayed or neutered.
Has the companion animal been altered? (spayed or neuter). A reputable rescue would never adopt a companion animal out without altering them. There are some exceptions, mainly, when the health of the animal would be at risk due to the surgery. The American Association of Veterinary Medicine fully supports the practice of early spay and neuters (puppies).
Is there an application process and a reference check? Will the rescue take the dog or pup back into their rescue if there is a problem with health or temperment?
We are here to help. Please e-mail us if you would like help finding a reputable rescue group, breeder or shelter.
AWARE, INC. MISSION STATEMENT
To foster cooperative relationships among animal welfare organizations and to improve the lives of companion animals in Wisconsin through: