Adoption Saves Lives

Our Adoptables


-  Recently we have received an increase in applications to adopt one of our Lucky Mutts.  While this is fantastic for our dogs, it is taking us longer to process applications, please be patient with our volunteers.  In order to have your application approved timely, please make sure it is completed and your current contact information is accurate; if you list a veterinary clinic, please give them permission to speak with one of our volunteers, and if you rent, please make sure your landlord information is correct, and let them know one of our volunteers with be contacting them.

-  Due to the recommendations of the CDC and our Safer at Home order, we are unable to do adoptions on our intake days.  All of the dogs will be put into foster homes when they arrive, and we will schedule meets and/or adoptions with approved applicants at our center several times a week.  

-  With the increase in applications, please understand that the dog you apply for may not be available when your application is approved.  When your application is approved, you will receive an email with your approved application number.  If there are other dogs that you may be interested in, please email or message us on social media with your application number, and the dog you are interested in.  Please remember, your application is active for 6 months, and we work to pair our dogs with the best fit!  

-  With the uncertainties of changes and what the restrictions may be, we are not bringing as many dogs during our transports as we typically do. When we have dogs confirmed to arrive to Wisconsin, those dogs will be shared on Petfinder through the link above as soon as possible. However, this may change for various reasons, especially because vet clinics may not be open to complete the necessary steps for our pups to come to WI. 

-  And finally, for everyone's safety, our volunteers are sanitizing the center between each visit.  We are also limiting the number of people at the center at a time.  If you have a large family, please let one of our volunteers know that prior to setting up the meeting so we can make accommodations.  We are taking steps to keep all of our adopters and volunteers safe and healthy.  And of course, if you are sick, please stay home!  

Why Choose Lucky Mutts?

Lucky Mutts Rescue works diligently to find the absolute best homes for all of the dogs that become Lucky Mutts.  We try our best to match adopters with our dogs based on the best fit for everyone, rather than a first come first serve basis.   

Our program is a foster based program.  When dogs arrive to Wisconsin, they are bathed, checked out by our intake team, given needed vaccines, and placed in foster homes where we can get to know them, and they can learn what it is like to be in a loving home.  We ask our adopters to remember that it takes at least two weeks for the dogs to settle in and adjust to their new environment. 

Our adopters have access to continued support throughout the adoption process, and after.  We have shared some common training tips under our resource tab that are accessible at all times.  We also encourage our adopters to join our Alumni page on Facebook, which you can find below.  On this page our adopters are able to share challenges they may have, keep in contact with siblings of our dogs, ask for recommendations, share amazing updates of our Lucky Mutts, and more! 


Our volunteers are some of the best people out there!  From kids, to teachers, firefighters, case managers, nurses and doctors, artists, customer service and IT, and every thing else in between, we've got the most compassionate and patient volunteers!  There is a lot of work that goes on "behind the scenes," and everyone involved volunteers countless hours to make the dogs and adopters have the absolute best experience possible. 


In one year, our volunteers have processed over 3300 applications, and unfortunately our adoption process is taking longer than it has previously!  However, we are proud of our approval process, and do the absolute best to match our available dogs with the best applicants to meet their needs.  At Lucky Mutts Rescue our focus is on successful, quality adoptions, rather than how many adoptions we complete.   From pulling dogs from high kill shelters, to assigning dogs to their foster homes, scheduling adoptions, replying to messages and emails, fundraising, working with owners to surrender their pets, stuffing folders, fielding medical questions or concerns, to driving over 24 hours in a weekend to bring our dogs to safety, and every task in between, our volunteers never stop working!  All of our volunteers have families, work full time jobs, sometimes two, coach sports, and more, yet always make time in their busy schedules to ensure our dogs are cared for and loved.  We take pride in our work, and love happy endings for our adopters and dogs, that may have experienced rough beginnings.  Thank you for choosing Lucky Mutts Rescue!

Alumni Updates!

  We LOVE updates! If you've adopted one of our pups, join our Alumni page on Facebook. Organize playdates with your pup's  littermates, get tips from other adopters, and let the hardworking volunteers who helped save your dog know how they're doing.

CLICK HERE to join the fun!

Municipal Regulations

CLICK HERE to find our cheat sheet of Animal Municipal Regulations for Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. 

As city ordinances and regulations are always changing, owners and fosters should always verify their rules with the city office they  reside in.