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MADACC & WI Humane Society Work Together for Animal Welfare

Kittens at the shelter

Thousands of domestic animals in the area go missing or are surrendered to shelters each year.  In Milwaukee, there are two major operations that deal with animal welfare, and while they work together, their missions are different and are often confused by the public.

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission – or MADACC – is essentially the area’s animal pound.  Stray or abandoned animals as well as animals that are impounded by law enforcement make up the bulk of MADACC's animal population. The Wisconsin Humane Society has a broader charge that includes work in the community - including things like dog training sessions. Both organizations adopt out animals, and they work closely together but their operating rules and funding are different.

Ahead of MADACC's "Empty The Shelter" event at their south side location on Saturday, Lake Effect's Bonnie North spoke with Karen Sparapani, the Executive Director of MADACC, and Anne Reed, the President and CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society. 

At MADACC's second "Empty The Shelter" event, adoption fees for all dogs and cats will be waived.

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.