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Madison animal shelter moves to online adoptions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A local non-profit organization called Shelter From the Storm is finding a new way to give cats and dogs a home. 

The shelter was formed in 2005 in Madison. Its mission is to reduce euthanization of animals and to improve their lives. 

Katherine Hovanec, a volunteer with the shelter said, “We pull a lot of animals from overcrowded shelters in Milwaukee and all across the nation and we pull puppy mill survivors.”

With the shelter choosing to close because of the safer at home order, people can’t visit the animals before adoption.

Hovanec said limiting the contact between adopters, caretakers, and the animals will keep everyone safe and healthy. 

“If one of our caretakers get sick, or a couple of our caretakers get sick, that can really put a strain on our ability to care for the animals,” Hovanec said.

Even though adopters can’t physically visit the shelter because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still find a furry friend through the shelter's online adoption fair, which is held every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

“So what we’re doing is basically a Facebook event. You can go into the page, we post pictures and videos about the animals that are currently up for adoption,” Hovanec said. 

From there, you can ask questions and make comments to learn more about the behavior and traits of any animal that you are interested in adopting. 

After, you can fill out an application online. There are separate applications for adopting a cat and a dog

Hovanec added, “once people have an approved application, and we think the animal they’re interested in is a good fit, then they can come and kind of meet the animal.” 

It takes three to five business days before a shelter staff member gets in touch with you. 

Kittens and cats range from 50 to 100 dollars and dogs range anywhere from 200 to 500 dollars. 

Hovanec said it’s great seeing these animals that have struggled for a part of their lives move into an environment where they can feel comfortable, safe and happy. 

“They can get treated with the love that they deserve,” Hovanec said. “You are saving a life every time you adopt an animal from us, that frees up space for us to rescue an animal from somewhere else.” 

The next online adoption fair is Saturday, April 18th. You can find cats and dogs that are available for adoption on Shelter From the Storm's Facebook page.

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