About Us

Friends of MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community awareness and improving the welfare of the nearly 11,000 homeless animals MADACC cares for every year.

We support a network of volunteers that provides educational programs, training, foster care, dog walking and cat socialization to enhance the quality of life of animals at MADACC. Our goal is to increase the number of animals transferred or adopted from MADACC and prevent animal cruelty and neglect.

We ensure that donations stay in Milwaukee County to help local homeless animals.  Many of these animals are friendly, healthy, and highly adoptable, and our efforts give them a second chance at finding permanent, loving homes.  Funds raised by our organization support:

  • Facility improvements at MADACC, such as installing outdoor exercise kennels
  • Educational programs like Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD)
  • Spay/neuter programs to increase adoption placement for homeless animals and help reduce our local pet overpopulation problem
  • Wellness programs that provide low-cost veterinary services including vaccinations, spay/neuter, and microchip clinics

For more information about Friends of MADACC, contact us at friends@madacc.org.

Friend of MADACC’s Executive Board

  • Amila Rizvic – President
  • Brea Lopez – Vice President
  • Laura Zahn – Treasurer
  • Christina Schultz – Secretary
  • MaryNell Regan – Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee
  • Elizabeth Dickson– Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee
  • Holly McCormick – Co-Chair, Education/Outreach Committee
  • Kelly Oyler – Co-Chair, Education/Outreach Committee
  • Rachel Sawicki – Co-Chair, Marketing Committee
  • Rachel Haberman – Co-Chair, Marketing Committee
  • Elizabeth Parsell – Chair, Volunteer Committee


The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary, and humane care for more than 11,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin.

MADACC provides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets at 3839 W. Burnham St. in West Milwaukee and is open seven days a week, including evening hours on weekdays.

MADACC works with over 75 area shelters and rescue groups to place homeless animals into adoption programs so they have a second chance at finding a permanent, caring home. Dogs and cats that are eligible for placement but have not been taken in by a shelter or rescue group are available for adoption directly from MADACC.

MADACC also offers low-cost spay/neuter assistance, rabies vaccinations, and micro-chipping services.

To learn more about MADACC, click here.