If your pet is at our shelter we want to reunite your pet with you as quickly as we can. We will do all we can to reach this end, but we need your help! Call us at (715) 845-2810 before making the trip to the shelter so we can answer all your questions in advance.
In order for you to reclaim your pet, you will be required to comply with Wisconsin State Statute #173.23. The following is a list of what is required to reclaim a dog or cat:
- Your pet must have a current rabies vaccination certificate. If your pet does not have this vaccination you must purchase a prepaid vaccination from a licensed veterinarian.
- A current dog/cat license in the municipality that you reside in, if applicable. Dogs must be licensed in all municipalities, and cats must be licensed in the city of Wausau, village of Weston, City of Schofield and Village of Rothschild. You cannot purchase a license without evidence of a rabies vaccination or prepaid vaccination.
- A driver’s license or WI photo ID are accepted forms of identification.
- Full payment of the reclaim fee of $20 for the first day and $10 per day for each extra day in the stray hold. Additional fees may apply if additional veterinary expenses were incurred for your pet. Payment may be made by cash or check (with photo ID).
When your animal arrives at HSMC, he or she has received the necessary care and attention. These procedures have been set in place for the safety, health, and well-being of the lost animal and all other animals at the shelter. As a service to our community, we are required to complete necessary paperwork and charge fees as stated in municipality contracts.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!