MENOMONIE WI March 7, 2016 —
Act 233, which reduces the holding period for stray animals from 7 days to 4, was signed by Governor Walker last week and is now in effect. The intent of the act is to allow shelters to adopt animals out to homes more quickly, in an effort to reduce overcrowding. For Dunn County Humane Society (Menomonie’s no-kill shelter), this will especially help in adopting cats to homes more quickly as only 1% of the cats that arrive at DCHS are claimed by their owners. The act will have even more of an effect in larger metro areas where shelters are regularly overcrowded.
The previous statute allowed a 7 day holding period for owners to come forward and claim their pets and was one of the longest in the nation. With Act 233, owners must claim their pets within the 4 day window or they will forfeit their legal rights to the animal. This change makes it much more important for owners to come forward quickly and to use the many resources available to help locate a lost pet.
Having a collar with tags that contain current owner information and microchipping pets are two of the best ways to ensure that your pet is returned home if they wander off. An engraver was donated to Dunn County Humane Society by the Bissell Pet Foundation, making it possible for DCHS to provide tag engraving on site for only $7 per tag. Microchips are also available for $30 year round at DCHS, and for a reduced rate of $10 at the twice a year Low Cost Microchipping Clinic (made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Dunn County). The next low cost clinic is April 16 from 9 am to 2 pm at Keyes Chevrolet in Menomonie. More information on these services is available by contacting Dunn County Humane Society at (715)232-9790.
For lost or found pets in or near Dunn County, https://www.dunncountyhumanesociety.org has an easy online form where you can make a report. Due to limited resources, not all shelters post pictures of animals that have come in on their web or Facebook pages, but most of them do monitor social media and web pages such as Lost Dogs Wisconsin (there is also a Lost Cats Wisconsin page). Using resources such as these is a critical component to reuniting lost pets with their families.
To view the Act 233 in its entirety please visit http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/acts/233.