About the Wisconsin Humane Society
About WHS
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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The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has been saving the lives of animals in need since 1879.  WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine County, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  We receive no general government funding and are not part of any national umbrella organization.
As the largest shelter in the state of Wisconsin, WHS offers the following specialized services: 
  • A comprehensive adoption program that matches 10,000 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 and Ozaukee 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. 
  • 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 more than 5,000 wild animals annually.