1402 Emil St Madison 53713
608-561-7387
wiscares@gmail.com

Boarding and Fostering

WisCARES runs a boarding and foster program to provide cats and dogs with a temporary place to stay when their families need access to housing or medical treatment.
Our boarding program is intended to allow human family members gain access to the following services:
• Emergency shelter
• Inpatient health services
• Inpatient mental health services
• Treatment programs
Our boarding and foster program does not:
• Provide emergency, less-than-24-hours turnaround boarding services. We will do our best to help you, but expect for our boarding and foster program to take a day or two to access. Please give us as much advance warning as possible!
• Cover more typical boarding needs (such as going out of town). Feel free to contact us if you are unsure if you situation applies.
We currently have two lengths of boarding stay.


Short-Term Boarding
Short-term boarding provides up to fourteen days of stay in a kennel type environment. Here’s how it usually goes:

  1. We ask that you come in to our open hours, Tuesdays-Fridays from 9am-4pm to talk through the program and do paperwork. You can also call or email. If you are a current client, you will only need to apply to the boarding program. If you are not a current client, we will need to do intake as well, including qualification.
  2. After you and staff have decided that short-term boarding in a good fit for you and your pet, we will work with you to provide boarding in our clinic facility. Boarding is on a first come, first serve basis and dependent on the volume of boarding inquiries–we will do our best to help you as soon as possible! To be admitted into the program or added to the waitlist, we require:
    1. Qualification paperwork
    2. Boarding/foster paperwork
    3. An exam and clearance from our veterinary staff that your pet is healthy enough for the program and behaviorally appropriate for boarding or foster
  3. We can also help with supplies, resource gathering, and veterinary care to get your pet in a safe place outside of our clinic.
  4. At-clinic boarding is for up to two weeks and can lead into our foster program. We request that owners be in contact once a week while their pets are in the short-term boarding program.

Foster Program (Long-Term Boarding)

Our Foster Program allows for up to 90 days for your pet in a volunteer home environment. Here’s how our foster program goes:

  1. We ask that you come in to our open hours, Tuesdays-Fridays from 9am-4pm to talk through the program and do paperwork. You can also call or email. If you are a current client, you will only need to apply to the boarding program. If you are not a current client, we will need to do intake as well, including qualification.
  2. After you and staff have decided that foster in a good fit for you and your pet, we will work with you to find foster placement in a volunteer home. Fostering is on a first come, first serve basis and dependent on the volume of inquiries and our ability to find an appropriate place for your pet to stay–we will do our best to help you as soon as possible! To be admitted into the program or added to the waitlist, we require:
    1. Qualification paperwork
    2. Boarding/foster paperwork
    3. An exam and clearance from our veterinary staff that your pet is healthy enough for the program and behaviorally appropriate for boarding or foster
  3. We can also help with supplies, resource gathering, and veterinary care to get your pet in a safe place outside of our clinic.
  4. Foster placement is for up to ninety days–but it does not have to be that long! We request that owners be in contact once a month while their pets are in foster.

Your pet may go into short-term boarding while we prepare your foster, or may be able to go directly to the foster situation. WisCARES will do all transport to and from your foster facility. For the comfort and privacy of both our client and our foster homes, both parties will be kept confidential.

If you would like to visit with your pet while in boarding or foster, please let us know! We are happy to arrange a meet-up at our clinic, as long as we are given enough time to arrange it.


Required Medical Paperwork
Animals in our boarding program must be up to date on the following:
Dogs:
o Rabies Vaccine
o Distemper Vaccine
o Bordetella Vaccine
o Flea/Tick Preventatives
• Cats:
o Rabies Vaccine
o FVRCP Vaccine
o FeLV/FIV Test Results
o Flea/Tick Preventatives
If you have no record of these required items, we are able able to provide these required items free of charge for animals entering the boarding and foster program.


Important Note: ALL animals must undergo an exam and medical history with a WisCARES veterinarian prior to boarding or foster. Please note that severe medical concerns or behavioral concerns may prohibit placement of an animal in our boarding program if safety to the pet or caretakers are a concern.


If you are a veterinary clinic, boarding facility, or an individual and are interested in working with us to provide placements for animals in our boarding or foster program, please contact us at wiscares@gmail.com for further information!