Pet Adoption

Pet adoption is unavailable at this time. Please check back, during our fall semester. Thank you!

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.

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

Pet adoption is unavailable at this time. Please check back, during our fall semester. Thank you!

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

  2. A student guide will escort you to the visiting area. They will provide you with a book highlighting the animals available for pet adoption so you may choose which animal(s) you want to meet.

  3. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent and a staff member must be present. Only adults over 18 years of age will be allowed to complete and submit an application. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, regardless of weather. 

  4. Animals are placed in their forever homes based on a "best fit" policy, not necessarily first come, first served. 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 E1818 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  5. The animal care supervisors, with input from student adoption administrators, will review your application If you live in a rental property, the property owner will be notified to verify eligibility for ownership of an animal.

  6. Once your application is 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.

  7. 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) 246-6553 and leave a message for the adoption student administrators. If you do not confirm the adoption within two weeks, your application will be withdrawn.

  8. In most cases, 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.

  9. Adoption fees are due at the release appointment.

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

Hours and Location

The animals cared for by Madison College Veterinary Technician students are in need of forever homes now. All have been spayed or neutered and are ready for immediate adoption.

Our on-campus pick-up system factors in social distancing. Communicate by email or phone, and when you come to pick up your pet, we will bring them directly to your vehicle. You will receive more information as you go through the adoption process.

To inquire about adoption, please contact Teri Kleist or Kelly Howard. Please include your name and phone number in your message.

View available pets here.

Due to COVID-19, regular visiting hours are unavailable at this time.


Truax Campus
1701 Wright Street
Madison 53704
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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.