Meet the Pets of Milwaukee-Area Businesses

We share a few local shops with animal ambassadors, and where to find them.

WHILE MANY OF US leave our pets at home when we head to the office, a few local shop owners bring their furry friends to work with them. And why not? Pets are proven mood-boosters.



SPECIES: Cat | AGE: 17 years | LOCATION: Downtown Books, 624 N. Broadway

“The owner’s daughter brought him in the store when he was a kitty, and he kind of just never left,” employee Mark Perez says. “This has been his home for 17 years. During the summers, we leave the doors open and he’ll walk in and out leisurely. He doesn’t run away.”

Photo by Pearl Nemecek


Cricket • Toby • Silver

SPECIES: Dog • Cat • Rat | AGE: 11 weeks • 18 years • 2.5 years | LOCATION: Small Animal Hospital, 2340 N. Newhall St.

“[Cricket] is very bouncy and happy,” Dr. Nancy Vogel says of the newest addition to her family, who can often be found bounding through the halls of the veterinary hospital with his older, feline, brother. “Toby’s personality is sassy and entitled, but he’s also a sweetie.” Dr. Vogel isn’t the only staffer whose pet works alongside her either. Hospital manager Sheila Veksler has a pet rat named Silver who hangs out with her during the work week.

Photo by Pearl Nemecek
Photo by Pearl Nemecek
Photo by Pearl Nemecek



SPECIES: Cat | AGE: 8 years | LOCATION: Sip and Purr Cat Cafe, 2021 E. Ivanhoe Pl.

Founder and owner Katy McHugh says that all of the cats at this cafe, which partners up with the Lakeland Animal Shelter, deserve to find their forever homes. But Nala, who survived breast cancer, is especially sweet.

Photo by Pearl Nemecek


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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.