Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Cat FAQ

What the Humane Society Gets Asked Most Often About Cats

I saw a cat on your website – is it good with kids?

While we try to give you a pretty good first description of a cat’s personality based on our assessments at the shelter, we always recommend a family introduction for every adoption. Shelter life is very different for cats than a home, and as every cat owner knows, cats have very different personalities.

Does it get along with other animals?

This is definitely a pet by pet basis. Some animals prefer to be in a one-pet home whereas some pets are very social and love to be around other pets. Before we send animals home, we invite you to bring your pets in for a “new sibling” intro. This way we can help make it a good fit and send them home with confidence.

Did it come in as a stray?

Most of our cats come in as strays. Some have been surrendered by their owners. All are loved and cared for with compassion from the minute they arrive.

What age-range are your shelter cats?

Our cats can range anywhere from kittens to seniors. Our initial assessments of teeth and health can get us close to an age, but they are estimates.

Do all your cats have all of their shots?

All cats receive the FVCRP- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia, and Calicivirus vaccine.

What do your cats eat at the shelter?

Thanks to the generous donations of cat food from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, all of our pets are fed, at no cost to us, the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Original Formula cat food.

Are all shelter cats spayed/neutered?

Yes, all of our adoptable pets have already been spayed or neutered. This helps to keep the pet population down and prevent further breeding since so many shelter pets are waiting for their forever home.

What happens if my adoption doesn’t work out?

Adopting a pet is a big commitment that requires a lot of time and patience and of course, an acclimation period. Transitioning from the shelter to a home is a big change. In rare cases, a relationship doesn’t fit a match. We ask that you bring the pet back to us. There is a 30-day period that the animal can come back to the shelter. Because we are a non-profit with limited staff and resources, the adoption fee isn’t refundable. Depending on circumstances, we may grant an adoption voucher toward another adoption. We want to work with you to make this a beautiful relationship for both of you. Many times, just some advice and guidance can make a big difference.

My new cat is hiding under the bed and won’t come out.

Don’t take it personally! Some cats take a while to adjust to new people/places, and some are especially shy. It may take weeks or even months for your cat to warm up to her new home, so be patient. You may want to keep her in her own room for a few days so she can adjust to her new digs in a safe and comfortable spot.

Upcoming Events


Mutts and Martinis

December 14, 2017 (6 - 9pm) -

Join the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for Mutts & Martinis, a night of specialty martinis, appetizers, raffle items, and live music, December 14th from 6-9pm.<...

Petco Adoption Event

January 6, 2018 (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) - January 7, 2018

Come meet your new best friend! Our amazing volunteers we be out at Janesville Petco with some pets available for adoption! If you can’t adopt, don...

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