Second Hand Purrs

Our Adoptable Pet List

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Who We Are

We are a no-kill cat rescue facility that opened in September 2004. We are 501(c)3, so all donations are tax deductible. Together we have over 15 years combined experience in cat rescue. Our shelter is completely run by volunteers and is a non profit organization. Please join us in our mission to give current owners and/or concerned citizens another option to combat the euthanasia statistics currently in Milwaukee.

Adopting a friend

All animals at Second Hand Purrs are given a veterinary exam before arriving at the shelter and the following procedures are included in the adoption fee:

Tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV
Distemper Booster
Deworming preventative
Flea bath
Ear mite treatment, if needed
Stool tested
Nail trim
Spayed or neutered (if 6 months of age or older)
Rabies Booster (if 6 months or older)

Our adoption fee is $100 for one cat/kitten or two cats/kittens for $160. We do not adopt to anyone under the age of 21. We do in-home deliveries only. All adoptions must be in the State of Wisconsin. We will deliver up to 50 miles from Milwaukee.

We have open houses on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please come visit our residents and we will help make a purrfect match!!!

Come Visit Us!



Looking for an easy way to help the kitties out? Want to help without even leaving your house or changing out of your pajamas? Help keep the kitties warm this winter by helping us with our WE Energies bill! Go to Thanks for your support!

What can you help us with?

We are always in need of something, and #1 is FOOD! We feed a mix in our adult and kitten, and also soft food. Below is what you can donate to help all the cats.
Kitten Dry Food-

Iams Kitten Food

Photobucket Pro Plan Kitten
Chicken Soup for kitten lovers soul

Adult Dry Food-
Iams Original Proactive Health
Purina One Smartblend Chicken & Rice

Chicken Soup for the Cat lovers soup (Adult)


Nutro Adult Food


Fancy Feast Classic Variety


Save us your Fromm food lables!!!


Bingo Fun

Upcoming dates in 2013 for Bingo at "Hamburger Mary's", 2130 South Kinnickinnic Avenue Milwaukee, WI are: 4/11, 6/6, 8/1, 10/17 & 12/5.

2013 Rummage - We Need Your Great Donations, Please

2012's rummage was a great success! Thanks to all for the fantastic donations and to all the wonderful shoppers!! We are now currently accepting donations for our 2013 rummage. We will accept clean, gently used (or brand new!) donations for our rummage (no clothes or TV sets please). Donations may be dropped off during our open house hours - Thursday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please help us make next year our greatest one!

Marcus Movie Tickets For Sale!!!

Fun tickets offer a savings of 32-42% off regular ticket prices. You can purchase two different types of fun tickets:
Marcus PLATINUM Movie Fun Ticket -- Pairs: $17.00
Marcus SILVER Movie Fun Ticket -- Pairs: $13.00

Valid at any Marcus Theatre.

*Not valid for any feature listed as Alt Content or for VIP/Reserved Seating. 3D/D-Box surcharge applies when applicable. If excluded, this ticket may be exchanged for credit toward the purchase of any full priced admission ticket. No refunds or change will be given. No cash value.

** Not valid for any feature listed as an Extra Special Attraction (X) or Special Engagement (?), for VIP/Reserved Seating or for movies beginning after 5:30pm on Saturdays. When valid, 3D surcharge applies. If excluded, this ticket may be exchanged for a $6.50 credit toward the purchase of any full priced admission ticket. No refunds or change will be given. No cash value.

PLUS, for each pair of Fun Tickets purchased, you will receive a coupon for $3.00 toward any snack foods!

Please stop by the shelter during open house hours to purchase your tickets or for larger quantities please contact for more information. Please include type and quantity of tickets you would like.

SHP Kitty Corner Shop

Please stop by the shelter during open house hours to shop our kitty corner full of goodies to buy for your cat and for you! SHP t-shirts & sweatshirts are for sale $15-25 each. Be earth friendly and grab a SHP canvas tote for only $3! Jewelry, specialty items and more for sale, come shop with us today! Proceeds to benefit the shelter. We also have some of our seasonal items from the rummage sale up for grabs. Purchase these items before they go in the rummage!


If you cannot have a cat or your house is at its capacity of four-legged friends, think about sponsoring a cat at SHP. The cost is $15 a month to provide for their care and needs. If you would like more information on sponsoring, please contact us at or 414-727-PURR.


Second Hand Purrs collects aluminum cans as a fundraiser. Collection dates will be during open house hours, which are Thursdays from 6-9 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Please bring your cans to 4300 South Howell Avenue on the above dates. If possible, please rinse your cans while you are recycling them.

Special Thanks

Second Hand Purrs would like to thank C & G Printing located at 155 North 120th Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226 for providing the shelter with its copying and printing needs. Because of their professional service, Second Hand Purrs is handing out quality documents and flyers to all its adopters. If you need a print job, promotional giveaway products, or copy services please call C & G Printing at (414) 443-0027 for a complete list of all the services they provide. Tell them Second Hand Purrs sent you!!

We would love to find another company, individual or group of people to help with our monthly kitty litter needs, electric bill or veterinarian care costs. Even if you can just pick one month a year to sponsor an item, we would be thrilled, and so would the kitties!!!
Second Hand Purrs

4300 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: 414-727-PURR

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