When can I handle shelter pets?
We have combined our adoption application with our waiver that you "understand handling shelter animals carries with it some amount of risk." Once you fill out the application and sign the waiver, you can start to handle the animals, and are well on your way to falling in love with and taking home you forever friend.

How does the Application Process work?
Most applications are processed in 5-days or less. We ask potential adopters to let references know we will be contacting them.

Because we are required to hold stray animals for 4 days to give the owners a chance to reclaim their pet; animals on "stray hold" are merely "in our care" and cannot be handled by anyone other than staff. We also temperament test and update animals on their vaccinations, including rabies before they can be handled by the public.

Once an application has been received, it will be processed by the adoption coordinator. He/she will verify home ownership, and/or contact the landlord to verify pets can be kept on the property. We also contact references, cannot allow adopters to violate animal control ordinances, and verify that owned pets are current on vaccinations prior to placing a new pet in the home.

Are applications first come first serve?
No, we will always do what is in the best interest of the animal and try to place in the best home based on the needs of the pet.

What happens after an application is approved?
We will contact you and would like you to decide the best day to pick up your new pet. It is always best to plan for a few days home to help the animal adjust to the new environment.

What happens if it does not work out?
We do not want you or the pet to be unhappy. Within 30 days of the adoption: If a medical condition is uncovered with the pet that we were not aware of, the adoption fee will be refunded when the animal is brought back. If a behavioral issue is uncovered, the adoption fee can be applied to a new adoption. All refunds and exchanges are at the discretion of the shelter manager.

Will returning a pet, or having previously brought a pet to the shelter, be held against me?
No! Life circumstances change. Every adoption is treated on an individual basis, and for the best interest of the animal.

I really do no not want to adopt, I just want to spend time with the animals?
You would make a GREAT volunteer. Fill out a volunteer application and attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations.

I need to surrender my animal!
You will need to make an appointment to meet with a pet intake counselor. There is an $85 surrender fee. If you live within the jurisdiction of the Fond du Lac Humane Society (Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, and Fond du Lac Township) we offer a $50 discount. We ask that you bring any and all medical records along with the pet and we will place him/her up for immediate adoption. Please be aware that you are relinquishing any and all ownership, rights, and title to the pet. Any and all information about the pet is held in the strictest confidence after the pet has been surrendered. If you wish to take the pet back at any point, you will be subject to the standard adoption process, and getting the pet back may not be possible.

I found a stray animal, now what?
If you live in Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac or Fond du Lac Township, there is no charge for bringing in stray animals. Please call the shelter at 1-920-922-8873. After normal business hours, call the non-emergency police line at 1-920-906-5555. We are on call with the police department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you live outside the jurisdiction of the Fond du Lac Humane Society, we will not turn a stray pet away ever, we do not pick up, and there is a $50 fee to utilize our services.

My pet got loose and is at the Fond du Lac Humane Society as a stray.
Intentionally or unintentionally allowing a pet to run loose is unlawful. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to keep a pet under their control at all times. State law requires we hold the pet for four days in order for the owner to make arrangements to regain custody of the pet. If the owner does not reclaim the pet within the four days, by law, legal custody is retained by the Fond du Lac Humane Society; and therefore, any and all ownership, rights, and title are relinquished by the owner.

Within the required four day stray hold: state law requires that the owner provide proof of a current rabies vaccination prior to reclaiming the pet. By law, rabies vaccinations are only valid and recognized by the law if they have been administered by a licensed veterinarian. Wisconsin State Law requires rabies vaccination by the age of 5 months. Rabies vaccinations are good for 6 months, 1 year or 3 years depending on the type of vaccine used and the age of the animal when the vaccination was given. If the pet is not legally current on a rabies vaccination, the owner must purchase a rabies shot from a Veterinary Clinic of their choice and provide a copy of the veterinary receipt of purchase to the Fond du Lac Humane Society.

City ordinance requires pets to be licensed and this will be required by the police department and city attorney's office. Failure to have the rabies shot administered or failing to get the pet licensed my cause additional fines to be incurred.

The standard reclaim fee for the Fond du Lac Humane Society ranges from $43 to $118 as follows. Starting at standard reclaim fee of $118...
   • If the animal was brought to the Fond du Lac Humane Society by a private citizen there is a $25 discount for our not having to pick up.
   • If the animal was previously spayed or neutered there is a $50 discount on the reclaim fee.
     a. The Fond du Lac Humane Society will also provide a $50 rebate if the animal is spayed or neutered within 90 days of the reclaim.