Community Outreach and Programs
FoM partners with MADACC and local veterinarians to provide spay/neuter vouchers so that pet parents can avoid accidental litters - and improve their animal's overall well being.
Efforts to End Dog-Fighting
If you suspect dogfighting in your community, please speak up. Be the voice for the voiceless. Click the link below to learn more about community resources.
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is the blanket term for laws that either regulate or ban certain dog breeds in a misguided attempt to decrease dog attacks on humans and other animals.
Adoption Fee Sponsorships
FoM provides financial support for multiple programs throughout the year so that MADACC can reduce and/or waive adoption fees for animals in the shelter.
Emergency Medical Expenses
FoM has allocated a portion of our funding to help members of the community afford emergency medical expenses for their pet. Availability is limited and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Friends of MADACC fully supports spay/neuter surgeries for pets. At this time, many low-cost options, as well as veterinary clinics, have a significant backlog due to COVID-19 restrictions that were in place as directed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Longer than usual wait times to get your pet(s) scheduled are to be expected and we appreciate your patience with this process.
The Friends of MADACC Spay & Neuter Program was created in an effort to reduce the overpopulation of animals in Milwaukee County. The program offers FREE spay and neuter vouchers for cats and dogs.
If you are interested in getting your animal spayed or neutered, please read the instructions below and then fill out the form on this page.
benefits of spay/neuter
cat spay/neuter vouchers
To qualify for a Friends of MADACC free CAT spay/neuter voucher you must:
Live in Milwaukee County
Provide proof of low income status upon request
Be a responsible pet owner
If you have multiple cats needing spay/neuter surgery, complete one voucher per pet.
ONCE YOU SUBMIT YOUR VOUCHER REQUEST, YOU WILL RECEIVE DIGITAL PAPERWORK TO SCHEDULE YOUR PET’S SURGERY AND SIGN PRE-SURGICAL PAPERWORK. Please allow 48 hours for processing of your voucher. Please check your email for more information and updates. A MADACC staff member will send you updates as your voucher is processed. If you have any questions regarding your voucher, please email us at email@example.com.
You must provide proof of current (non-expired) rabies vaccination at the time of scheduling in-person at MADACC. If your pet does not have proof of current rabies vaccination, MADACC will vaccinate your pet at the time of surgery. Friends of MADACC will cover this cost.
If your pet does not have a current license, MADACC will charge $12 for a license at the time of scheduling surgery. Friends of MADACC cannot cover this cost.
Please remember that we provide this service for only a limited number of individuals per year, and cannot guarantee that you will qualify for this service.
If you have any questions, please email Friends of MADACC at firstname.lastname@example.org
dog spay/neuter vouchers
Due to MADACC staffing concerns, FoM is not currently able to offer spay/neuter surgery vouchers for dogs. We apologize for this inconvenience and confusion.
FoM is actively working to find a community veterinary clinic that will partner with us to provide spay/neuter surgeries for dogs. Check back soon for additional details!
Thank you for understanding.
Due to MADACC staffing concerns, FoM is not currently able to offer spay/neuter surgery vouchers for cats. Please check back after the first of the year.
breed-specific legislation (BSL)
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is the blanket term for laws that either regulate or ban certain dog breeds in a misguided attempt to decrease dog attacks on humans and other animals. FoM and MADACC both take active roles in the community to educate the public about how BSL's rarely impact dog bite incidents when implemented; they do not take into account how the owner has raised, trained, or managed the dog, nor do they take into account the dog’s actual behavior.
Local Breed-Specific Legislation
City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: Chapter 78-22 of the City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances places special requirements on owners of dogs that are one half or more American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier or Rottweiler. For more information, please contact MADACC.
Pit Bull / Rottweiler Ordinance Requirements: (applicable to any animal that is one half or more Pit Bull or Rottweiler)
A person must be at least 16yrs old and physically able to control the dog.
Owners must attend a Responsible Pet Ownership Course (call MADACC at 414-649-8640 for more information on signing up)
The owners home must have a fence that is sufficient to contain the dog. Height is determined on a case-by-case basis by an inspector. Fence must be made out of something that cannot be climbed or dug under. The fence must be set at least 3 feet from any alley, sidewalk or other public right of way.
If there is no fence, then owners must install a kennel sufficient to contain the dog. It must have a concrete floor. The same fencing/containment requirements as above.
Dogs must be placed in a kennel (if no fence) when outside. Dogs may not be ‘tied out’ without an enclosure.
vaccine clinics and outreach
FoM is committed to bringing critical pet care services such as core vaccinations, including rabies and distemper (combo), and microchipping, at a low-cost to those in underserved areas of Milwaukee County through our quarterly Community Pet Clinics. The following low-cost core vaccines/services are provided (may vary from event-to-event):
$5 Distemper shots
$5 Rabies shots
$12 Pet Licensing
Free Nail Trims
When donations and resources allow it, FoM also hosts pop-up food and resource pantries for our community. Please check back often to see when our next event will be scheduled.
We do not currently have another pet clinic scheduled at this time.
HOW TO REPORT ABUSE
If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect you should contact your local police department. If you want to report a concern about conditions or a situation that has previously or continues to occur, please contact the NON-EMERGENCY number of your local law enforcement agency and make your report.
If you live in the City of Milwaukee, and you feel an animal is not being housed or cared for properly you can also contact the Department of Neighborhood Services at 414-286-2268.
MADACC does not investigate mistreatment cases, however, we provide assistance to local law enforcement and will pick up and care for animals that are seized for violations of local and state statutes.
The Humane Society of the United States will give you up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting. Click here to learn more.
emergency medical expenses
FoM's goal is help members of our community to keep their pets in their homes. We understand that it is not always possible to budget for the medical emergencies that come up for our pets - and we'd like to try to help! While we can't guarantee that we will have the funding available to help every request, please reach out if you have an unforeseen animal medical emergency and we'll see what we can do.
From time-to-time, MADACC will offer the community incentives to adopt dogs and cats by waiving/reducing adoption fees for certain animals. In order to continue to fund the daily expenses and medical care associated with housing Milwaukee county strays, FoM reimburses MADACC for the adopted animals! Current promotions, when applicable, will be listed here!