Wisconsin Humane Society asks people to adopt due to staffing shortages amid COVID-19 outbreak

Updated: 12:34 a.m. on March 20, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- After requesting the public's help amid staff shortages due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wisconsin Humane Society says they've received over 400 new foster applications.

They say they need to stop accepting new foster applications at this time to give their team a chance to process everything they've received, but they're still in need of adopters

The Milwaukee campus is still open, but they ask only serious potential adopters to visit on-site, and to please stay home if you're feeling ill.


Posted: 10:48 a.m. on March 16, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Humane Society is asking for the public's help amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Leaders at the Wisconsin Humane Society are worried they won't have enough staff and volunteers to take care of all of the animals in the coming days and weeks. 

Now, they're calling on people to adopt and foster cats and dogs.

"This is as urgent of a situation as I've ever seen and as we will ever see," Wisconsin Humane Society President and CEO Anne Reed said.

Reed hopes to get a majority of the animals into a home before the situation becomes any worse.

"We have a little over 250 animals across our shelters right now," Reed said. "Imagine the work it takes to feed and care every single day for 250 animals. In an individual home, it's not that much extra work and plus, you're home anyway and it'd be nice to have a new friend."

In order to foster, those interested must fill out an application on the Wisconsin Humane Society's website. Adoptions will only be taking place at the Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses. 

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