3839 West Burnham Street
West Milwaukee, WI 53215
414-649-8640

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Monday - Friday 
10:00AM to 8:00PM Saturday and Sunday
10:00AM to 5:00PM

 

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOST YOUR PET
 
Animals picked 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 companion

What do I do if your pet is lost 
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 here. 

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 information current. 

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 Societies 
  • Supermarkets 
  • Police precincts 
  • Newspapers 
  • 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.

How 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.

What Happens To The Animals?
 

  1. 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 centers.
  2. 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 Application click on this link.