up stray throughout Milwaukee County are delivered
to MADACC for reclaim by county residents. If an
animal is wearing identification or a microchip is
found during scanning, attempts will be made
immediately to contact owners.
To assist you in your search,
MADACC has an online lost-and-found search of
animals at the shelter hosted by Petharbor.com which is updated at 10:00 am each day.
Search for your
What do I do if your pet is
The first thing to do is visit MADACC's
shelter at 3839 W. Burnham St. West Milwaukee, WI
to check for your animal. The shelter is open for
lost pet viewing Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.
to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. This is
imperative because an animal's description is
subjective, and one person's description of an
animal may not necessarily match yours. We
recommend that you check
with the shelter in person every 48 hours
or preferably more often.
The shelter receives nearly
thirteen thousand animals each year. One person's
description of a German Shepard mix is going to
vary greatly from another's. We do not want to
risk misidentifying your pet! It is an owner's
responsibility to come into the shelter to look
for a lost pet. The front desk staff and
dispatchers cannot advise you that it is or is not
Have you moved? Given an animal
away? Received your pet with someone else's
identification on? All these situations are
everyday occurrences here and result in improper
owner identification. Please keep your pet's
Even though you are visiting
the shelter, you should also:
Post flyers (see below) within a
1-mile radius of where the pet was last seen and
around your neighborhood in as many of the
following locations as possible:
- Pet shops
- Veterinarian offices
- Shelters and Humane
- Police precincts
- Bulletin boards
- Distribute flyers to delivery
people in your area.
If someone responds to your
flyer, having possibly found your animal, check it
out even if it seems too far away to possibly be
your animal. Animals have been found miles from
where they were originally lost.
Contact as many vets and
shelters as possible.
Most important, even before your
pet is lost, consider the benefit of microchips,
and have one implanted immediately. MADACC offers
microchips for $25 which includes registration.
Even with a microchip, every
companion animal should wear a collar with ID tags
at all times…it is their ticket home!
Please remember to remove all
flyers once your pet has been found.
Long Does MADACC Hold Animals?
Under law, stray animals are sheltered for a
minimum of 7 days.
If unclaimed after the 7 day hold, the
animals are evaluated for health and temperament
and offered to local shelters, breed placement
groups or euthanized as a last resort.
Happens To The Animals?
- At this time, MADACC does not have an adoption
program. 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
- All adoptable or potentially adoptable animals
that have completed their stray hold period and
were not claimed by their owner are offered to our
animal placement partners.
To learn more about MADACC's Animal Placement
Program click here.
For a printable Animal Placement Program Partner
click on this link.