School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pet Adoption

The Veterinary Technician program at Madison College can help Madison College staff, students and the greater community add a pet to your household. The Wisconsin Student Association of Veterinary Technicians partners with several area animal shelters to provide pet adoption services at our Truax campus.

All of the animals are spayed or neutered. Dogs are tested for heartworm disease and are current on routine vaccinations, and cats are vaccinated for distemper and upper respiratory disease. Adoption fees go directly to the shelter from which the animal came. 

Come and meet the pets that are available for adoption during open visiting hours, or plan to attend our annual Pet Adoption Open House event. Call us at (608) 246-6553 for more information.

Things to Consider
  1. Dogs and cats can be expensive. The annual cost of food, vaccinations, licensing, medical care, obedience classes and supplies average from $300 to $500 for cats and $400 to $600 for dogs. Be prepared for unexpected expenses if a pet is injured or gets sick.

  2. Children and animals do not always get along. It is easy for a child to unintentionally frighten or irritate an animal. Children and animals should always be closely supervised when interacting. A child should not be expected to take responsibility for a pet until age 12 to 15.

  3. Dogs and cats are social creatures that do not do well isolated from their families. Dogs and cats always kept outside frequently develop health and behavior problems. Pets kept inside with their families are happier, healthier and better behaved.

  4. Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment. Pets are not commodities that can be disposed of when they become inconvenient. Before you decide to adopt a pet, think about how they will fit into your life now and into the future. Dogs and cats live can 15 to 20 years. Be sure that you can provide for the animal for its entire life.

  5. Animals require lots of time and energy. All animals need to be fed, groomed, exercised, trained and socialized to varying degrees. If you work or are in school long hours, be prepared to spend much of your free time caring for your pet. Is this something you can work into your schedule for years to come?

  6. Consider other pets in your household. Not all dogs and cats get along with each other. Be sure that current pets will not object to a new arrival.

  7. Be prepared to deal with some behavioral problems. Animals, like people, aren't perfect. Before you adopt a pet, be sure that you have the time and money to deal with potential problems like housebreaking difficulties, barking, scratching, chewing and territorial marking. Most behavior problems can be solved with a little time and effort, but it takes patience and commitment.

Adoption Process
  1. Visit the animals at MATC's Truax Campus 1701 Wright Street, Madison, Wisconsin during open adoption hours.

  2. With the assistance of a student visitor guide, complete the application for your chosen animal(s). You must be on site to fill out an application.

  3. Animals are adopted on a first come, first served basis. We highly recommend completing your application during your initial visit. If you currently have other pets, you must submit proof of rabies vaccinations within 72 hours of submitting your adoption application. You may submit your completed application and supporting documentation to a student visitor guide during adoption visiting hours, or return the documents to room 180 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  4. Your application will be reviewed by the humane society or by the animal care supervisors with input from student adoption administrators.

  5. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a phone call as to whether you are approved or denied. This process may take up to two weeks. If you have not received a call in two weeks, please call (608) 246-6497.

  6. If your application is approved, you must confirm the adoption within two weeks. You can either confirm at the time of the approval call or you can call (608) 246-6497. If you do not confirm the adoption within two weeks, your application may be withdrawn.

  7. Animals will not be available to go home with you until the end of the semester. We will contact you to set up an adoption release appointment.

  8. Adoption fees will be collected at the release appointment.

  9. You may visit the animal you plan to adopt as often as you like during adoption hours.

Hours and Location

Visitor Hours - 

October 8 - December 19, 2018 
(Closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23)

Monday: 8:30 - 11:20 a.m., 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 - 10:20 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 - 9:20 a.m., 10:30 - 11:20 a.m., 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.


Truax Campus
1701 Wright Street
Madison 53704
Parking Information

Please call us at (608) 246-6553 for information about our next event.

Partner Organizations  

Minimum Age

You must be at least 18 years old to adopt a pet through our program.

Please note: We do not currently operate a public clinic that provides veterinary services to the community.