About Us



To build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.  

Our goal is to save lives.

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Programs & Services

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has been saving the lives of animals in need since 1879.  WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown County, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  WHS receives no general government funding to provide lifesaving care to 40,000 animals annually, and is not part of any national umbrella organization (HSUS, ASPCA, PETA, etc.).

As the largest shelter in the state of Wisconsin, WHS offers the following specialized services:

A comprehensive adoption program that matches nearly 13,000 homeless animals with new families; there are no time or space limits for any animals in our adoption program.

WHS receives surrendered animals, stray animals in Racine, Ozaukee, Brown and Door Counties, animals from Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), and transferred animals from other shelters. We take in dogs from other states who would otherwise be euthanized.  This helps to diversify our mix of breeds and ages, and generate more visitor traffic, which in turns helps all the animals. 

Spay/neuter clinic providing community access to low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter services

19,580 spay/neuter surgeries were performed last year alone at WHS 

A pet food bank to assist families through tough financial times 

Educational programs for children and adults designed to teach compassion, respect, and responsible care for animals. 

Intervention programs for children to end neglect and abuse, and break the link between violence against animals and humans. 

A foster program for animals in domestic violence situations 

Dog training and specialty classes for dogs and puppies. 

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at our Milwaukee Campus, which provides rescue, rehabilitation, and release for nearly 5,000 wild animals annually.