Dogs and Puppies

When you decide you are ready to adopt an animal from WCHS, and you are at least 18 years of age, the following takes place:

Apply – Viewing of an animal is first come, first serve. To get the process started, you can either fill out the PDF application online or in person.


Meet with a counselor Prospective adopters meet with an adoption counselor and discuss their lifestyle and interests. The adoption counselor will then match that information with an animal’s social, exercise and training needs. Please plan on spending approximately 30 minutes for adoption counseling. We are confident that this small investment of time will be well worth the hours of enjoyment that your new family member will bring you.


We cross T’s and dot I’s – After completion of an application, you may need to wait until the following day, which allows us time to verify your information and also provides you, the potential adopter, time to be sure you are ready to give the animal a permanent and loving home. If you fill out an application in person, you may be required to call the shelter (262-677-4388) between 10am and 12pm the following business day to verify that you have been approved and at that point, you will set up a pick-up appointment. Please keep in mind that the last scheduled adoption appointment is an hour prior to closing.


We follow up – After adoption we follow up on the animal to see if you have any questions or problems we can assist with!

Apply to adopt!

Dogs Are Not Our Whole Life, but They Make Our Life Whole