Stray dogs and cats are present throughout Milwaukee County. They scavenge the trash, have frequent litters and can carry disease.
Strays dig through garbage and open unfastened trash cans. They spread the trash and dig through the rubble. Many of these animals are not altered and have litters every six months adding to the population. Though there is a program in place to catch and inoculate these animals for rabies and distemper, all are not found and the possibility of an infected animal is always a factor.
However, steps are being taken to reduce the number of stray animals in the Milwaukee area.
Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) has their fleet of experts on the lookout for stray animals. Their main goal is to reunite the lost pet with their owners. Owners who have lost their pet are encouraged to post a photo and description of the lost animal on the MADACC Facebook page.
In many instances these animals are feral. If not claimed they are introduced to "Home Stretch," a new program in conjunction with the Wisconsin Humane Society. Animals who are too sick or too young to be adopted are placed in a foster home until they are ready to be put up for adoption.
Milwaukee animal lovers are encouraged to join this endeavor and become a foster family for these animals.