Volunteer at MADACC

Volunteering at your local animal shelter is a meaningful way to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals in your community. MADACC offers a wide variety of volunteer positions to help improve the lives of the over 12,000 animals per year that enter the shelter.

MADACC asks that volunteers commit to a volunteer position and schedule for 6 months or more. This commitment is necessary because it takes time and resources to properly train volunteers. In addition, the animals in the shelter need you and depend on you!

View Volunteer Handbook

Steps to becoming a MADACC volunteer:

1. Complete the Online Volunteer Application Form. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older!

2. Attend a volunteer orientation session. Once your application has been accepted into our database, you will be invited to a scheduled New Volunteer Orientation.

3. Complete Tier 1 duties – laundry, dishes, and general cleaning – to become familiar with shelter operations.

4. Based on the needs of MADACC and your availability, train for a specific volunteer position. See below for potential volunteer opportunities.

***If you need to complete court mandated community service hours, please call 414-649-8640 and ask for Kathy. All court mandated community service must be approved prior to starting. Not all applicants will be accepted. ***

View MADACC Volunteer Opportunities.


Foster a MADACC animal.

Afraid of long-term commitment? We’ve got a solution for you! Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) needs people to temporarily foster animals until they are ready for adoption. Your short-term commitment can make a difference in an animal’s life.

Simply put, fosters change lives. Fosters put in the time and effort the shelter sometimes just isn’t able to due to the numbers of animals we have here. Sometimes all a foster needs to do is provide some love and patience and a second chance to a shy dog; other times it’s taking care of a litter of kittens to keep them healthy until they are old enough to be adopted into new families. There are many different options within fostering and many different levels of time and emotional commitment.

With every kind of fostering, though, the goal is the same: to help every foster animal become adoptable and to find every foster animal a forever home.

We can’t control the number of animals coming into MADACC, but you can help us control the number that make it into loving homes. You can help us give these animals a chance.

Fill out a foster application today to begin the process of becoming part of our foster network.


Our new kitten foster program allows for two kinds of foster parents!

There are traditional foster roles for those who wish to foster kittens and bring them back to MADACC for adoption.

Then we have a new opportunity for those fosters who prefer to find new homes for their kittens on their own. We call these fosters “Adoptioneers”. Adoptioneers will be given all the necessary paperwork to facilitate adoptions right out of their homes after the adoption has been approved and paid for at MADACC (either with cash or via credit card over the phone).

Email Anne Bucio at if you are interested in becoming part of our life-saving force!


MADACC cares for over 12,000 stray neglected, abandoned, and injured animals each year and your generous donations help keep them safe, healthy and comfortable.

MADACC is always happy to accept donations from the public. Canned cat food and dry dog and cat food are always our biggest needs year round. We cannot accept open bags of food, and suggest you bring those to Wildlife in Need in Oconomowoc for their wild animal patients.

MADACC also accepts financial donations that are put into our animal medical care fund for animals who need extraordinary care while in our facility and our spay/neuter fund that is used to give animals who are not reunited with their families a second chance and be put up for adoption.

Wish List:

MADACC’s wish list provides you with a list of our current and most important needs.

Download MADACC Wishlist

Donations can be dropped off at:
3839 W. Burnham St.
West Milwaukee, WI 53215

Amazon Wish List:

We have several Amazon Wish Lists for the animals in our care.

Kitten Foster Wish List
MADACC Animals

Can’t adopt at this time?

Sponsor an Animal!

To sponsor a pet, click HERE. Then choose an animal and click on the profile. You will be given the option to “Sponsor Me.” You can then choose the amount to sponsor!


Want to be more involved in helping provide resources for the animals at MADACC? Consider joining Friends of MADACC (FOM).

FOM supports a network of volunteers that provide educational programs, training, foster care, dog walking and cat socialization to enhance the quality of life of animals at MADACC. Their goal is to increase the number of animals transferred or adopted from MADACC and prevent animal cruelty and neglect.

They ensure that donations stay in Milwaukee County to help local homeless animals.  Many of these animals are friendly, healthy, and highly adoptable, and our efforts give them a second chance at finding permanent, loving homes.  Funds raised by FOM support:

– Facility improvements at MADACC, such as installing outdoor exercise kennels

– Educational programs like Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD)

– Spay/neuter programs to increase adoption placement for homeless animals and help reduce our local pet overpopulation problem

– Wellness programs that provide low-cost veterinary services including vaccinations, spay/neuter, and microchip clinics

Go to the Friends of MADACC website for more information.