Adoption Saves Lives
- 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; 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. If this happens, you will be paired with a matchmaker to find the perfect pup for your family. You can ALWAYS fill out an application for pre-approval and you will be paired with a matchmaker!
- 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!
Diamonds In the Ruff
When you work in rescue, you come across dogs of all types; big, little, fluffy, short-haired, high-spirited, couch potatoes, healthy, sick, confident, anxious, well socialized and those who need help learning the world is a safe place.
No matter what category the dogs we have in our care fall into, they all deserve the same things; a safe, happy home, where they are cared for and loved unconditionally. However, we’re well aware that some dogs take longer to find that perfect fit, and we need to promote them a little differently to find their forever matches.
That’s where our “Diamonds In The Ruff” program comes in. These are dogs that will need a little extra effort and commitment from their future adopters. Diamonds come out of the ground dirty and misshapen, but with some effort and the right tools, they become something beautiful. "Diamonds In The Ruff" dogs have that same potential. Each one has the ability to be someone’s perfect companion, and they deserve the chance to let that shine.
Each “Diamond Dog” may have an extended vetting and meet and greet process, to ensure their future family is well informed and understands the dog’s special needs. We also may offer to foster-to-adopt, which means their potential adopters will take them home on a trial basis – the length of which will be determined by the specific dog’s needs.
These dogs will help support future Diamond Dogs as 50% of the fee of each Diamonds In The Ruff adoption will be set aside specifically for us to use to help other Diamond Dogs, the ones that are often left behind in shelters and forgotten. There are people out there willing to give a “less adoptable” dog a chance, and we want to do everything possible to connect those special people with these special dogs.
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 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.