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Wisconsin Humane Society stays busy during coronavirus shutdown

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Posted at 9:04 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 10:04:59-04

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is reminding the public that it remains open for adoption by appointment only at its Milwaukee and Green Bay Campuses. The Racine, Ozaukee, and Door County Campuses remain closed.

WHS said in a news release that animal shelters defined as “Essential Businesses” under the Governor's new "stay at home" order.

"This means WHS staff members can travel to work to care for animals, but that our community is also allowed to travel to access critical services, including adoption and foster care," WHS states.

Adoptions are now by appointment only. WHS says both foster parents and potential adopters must call to make an appointment before coming to the shelter. To further limit interaction, WHS has moved to “curbside fostering” in which foster parents will remain in their cars for appointments while staff bring animals and/or additional supplies to and from their vehicles.

WHS can still take animals in need. The Door County, Green Bay, Ozaukee, and Racine Campuses are open for emergency surrenders and stray intake.

The Milwaukee Campus is open for emergency surrender; stray animals found in Milwaukee County must go to MADACC, as always. If you’ve found an injured or orphaned wild animal in Milwaukee County, please first visit https://bit.ly/wildhelp for 24-hour advice; if you still need to bring the animal in for assistance, call 414-431-6204 first before coming to WHS.

WHS also says Furry Friends Pet Food Pantry is temporarily closed, but the organization is working to create partnerships with local food pantries so pet food is still available to those who need it.