About Us


The Mission of the Wisconsin Humane Society is to make a difference for animals and the people who love them.

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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, Kenosha, 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 more than 11,000 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, Kenosha, Brown and Door Counties, animals from Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), and transferred animals from overcrowded shelters

Low-cost Vaccination Clinics for cats and dogs open to the public, to ensure our community’s pets stay happy and healthy

A pet food bank to assist families through tough financial times

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

A foster program for animals in need of additional behavioral or medical support

Dog training and specialty classes for dogs and puppies

Behavioral experts available to answer questions and offer advice to community members about their own pets