veterinary care, food, water, clean bedding and a
clean and sanitary environment to nearly 13,000
animals every day, every year.
Services provided for animals 365
days-a-year include physical examination, health
and temperament assessments, medical treatment for
special needs, vaccine and parasite treatment,
rabies quarantine observation and humane
Placement of adoptable
animals is done through cooperative efforts
between MADACC and southeast Wisconsin humane
societies, approved regional breed rescue groups,
and wildlife sanctuary centers.
On any given day, the staff cares for approximately
260 animals housed at the facility. At full
capacity, the building is capable of housing up to
172 dogs and 200 cats. In emergency and
special need situations, an additional 50 cages
can be utilized making the total shelter capacity
well over 400 animals.
Upon being admitted to the shelter, stray animals
are given a physical examination and an assessment
of their health status by staff veterinary
technicians. Through an agreement
established with the Animal Emergency Center,
located at 2100 W. Silver Spring, Animal Control
Officers are allowed to transport stray animals to
their facility when the extent of their injuries
is beyond the resources available to MADACC.
Medical records and treatment protocols are
established for those animals found to be in
special need. As part of the general disease
preventative maintenance program, all dogs and
cats that can be safely handled are given
multivalent vaccines against the most common
infectious agents. Additionally, dogs
and cats are scanned for microchip identification
implants and any other forms of identification are
noted that may assist in the speedy recovery of a
stray animal with its owner.
As completion of admissions procedures, dogs
entering the building are weighed. Animals
found, through lab fecal testing, to be in need of
deworming for a specific parasite are started on
treatment and given a medical record. All
puppies and kittens under 6 months of age are
given a standard deworming medication for the
common hook and roundworm internal parasites.
Once an impounded animal has completed the intake
examination and regimen, and has been determined
not to be a contagious threat to the other animals
housed in the general stray population of animals,
the animal is moved to a designated stray holding
ward. Unique and specifically tailored areas
of the building are created for the housing and
special care needs of exotics. Animals are
then held for a 7 day holding period, returned to
the owner through redemption processing, or
otherwise subjected to disposition in accordance
with Wisconsin State Statue 173.
To assist in the placement of adoptable animals,
cooperative efforts exist between MADACC and
Milwaukee area humane societies, regional breed
rescue groups, and wildlife sanctuary centers.
MADACC has a full spay/neuter surgical suite that
currently provides spay/neuter for some animals
adopted through our animal placement partners.
MADACC’s animal control services are performed
in close association with municipal law
enforcement agencies, the Milwaukee Department of
Neighborhood Services, and health departments
throughout the county.
Many times animals
enter the shelter through extenuating
such as house fires, owner hospitalized, owner deceased or
the Safekeeping Program, animals are held for
longer periods of time to allow the most optimal
outcome for the animal and its owner.
MADACC provides stray and owned biter animal
quarantine services for the municipalities of
Milwaukee County. Biter animals are held for
the ten day rabies observation period or a
specimen is sent to the State Health Department.
MADACC provides euthanasia services for unwanted
owned animals brought to the shelter and
signed over by the owner for euthanasia request.
There is a $75.00 fee per animal for this
euthanasia/cremation service. For an
explanation of euthanasia protocols and procedures
MADACC follows please click