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WisCARES has a few different programs available for qualifying pet owners. Please click on each for more information. Note that at this time the only species that we work with are dogs and cats. Please visit our “eligibility and referrals” tab for information on how to become a client and our qualifications process.

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WisCARES has veterinary student-run wellness clinics on Saturdays and Thursdays. These clinics are supervised by a licensed veterinarian. Services are by appointment only and include:

  • Core Vaccines (Dogs and Cats)
  • Rabies Tags and Certificates
  • Flea/Tick Prevention
  • Heartworm Prevention and Testing
  • Basic Outpatient Treatments (ear infections, bladder infections, skin infections, etc.)

While examinations and some medication is provided free of charge, there may be costs associated for medication or followup services recommended by the veterinarian.

Please note that we DO NOT offer any of the following:

  • Emergency Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Spay/Neuter Services

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency please contact one of the emergency clinics in the side bar.

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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

It is not intended for use for typical boarding needs (such as going out of town).

There are two different programs:

Short-term boarding

Short-term boarding provides up to 2 weeks of stay in a kennel type environment. We have a network of clinics and boarding facilities in the Dane County area that will care for your pet during this time. This is also the first step to get an animal into a foster home for a longer-term stay. When our existing placements are filled, we have some financial assistance available to help subsidize the cost of another boarding facility in the area.

Foster Program

Our Foster Program allows for up to 90 days for your pet in a home environment. Foster placement is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on compatibility of your pet with our free foster homes. We will get your animal into the 2 week boarding program and then start looking for a suitable foster placement.

Required Medical Paperwork 

  • Animals in our boarding program must be up to date on the following:
  • Dogs: Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccines, on flea prevention.
  • Cats: Rabies, FVRCP vaccines, FeLV/FIV test results, on flea prevention.
  • All animals must undergo an exam and medical history with a WisCARES veterinarian prior to boarding.
  • Please note that severe medical concerns or behavior concerns may prohibit placement of an animal in our boarding program if safety to the pet or caretakers are a concern.

WisCARES is able to provide these required items free of charge for animals entering the boarding and foster program.

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


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Our pet food pantry may be accessed on Wednesday and Friday from 2pm 5:30 pm at ourmain location (1312 Culmen Street, Madison, WI 53713). This service is for current clients only.

Available Items vary with donations but typically include:

  • Cat Food (Wet & Dry)
  • Dog Food (Dry)
  • Cat Litter
  • Cat Carriers
  • Dog Leashes, Collars, & Harnesses
  • Jackets & Boots (Dogs)
  • Musher’s Secret (to protect paws from pavement, salt, and ice)
  • Non-prescription Flea & Tick Control (Prescription Items Require Attendance at a Walk-inClinic and a veterinarian to write a prescription)


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Sometimes pet owners need a little bit more help with housing or living without housing as a pet owner. We have a flexible group of volunteers and social service providers who can help strategize in these situations. We understand that each situation is unique and have helped people out with the following types of concerns:

  • Landlord education
  • Linking with existing resources in the Madison area (food pantries, etc.)
  • Navigating emotional support animal and service dog questions relating to FHA and ADA laws
  • Navigating veterinary health care outside of what the WisCARES program is able to provide
  • Animal surrender: while WisCARES is not a rescue and primarily focuses on keeping pets with their people, in some cases a pet owner may decide that it is in their family’s best interest for the animal to be re-homed. In these situations, we can help navigate this process.