The Wisconsin Humane Society's mission is to build a community that values animals and treats them with respect and kindness. Our goal is to save lives.
Who We Are
Founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private nonprofit organization that is funded through the generosity of individual donors and receives no government support. As the largest and most recognized shelter in the State of Wisconsin, WHS offers specialized adoption services to match homeless companion animals with new families and provide follow up and support. WHS receives animals from the community, the local animal control facility and other shelters inundated with animals. WHS also provides medical care for nearly 20,000 animals annually. Some of those animals are patients in our clinic and more than 5,000 are wild animals in need of rehabilitation. WHS maintains a spay/neuter clinic for animals from low-income households and provides education for children and adults to respect and care for animals and to end neglect and abuse. WHS also offers manners and puppy classes for dogs from the public. The WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is one of the largest in the nation. WHS merged with the Ozaukee Humane Society in 2004 to more effectively meet the needs of animals. Both the organizations remain focused on a shared mission and service to animals and people in their community.
Adopting a friend
The Wisconsin Humane Society found homes for nearly 9,000 dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals in 2007. Animals stay in our adoption program until they find homes. Cats, dogs and rabbits are spayed or neutered and microchipped. Cats and dogs are vaccinated and treated with a parasite preventative and cats are tested for feline leukemia and dogs are tested for heartworm. All of these services are provided before animals are placed in adoption. A free physical examination at participating veterinarians is also included. WHS provides post adoption veterinary care in conjunction with 30 days of gifted pet health insurance.
For more information on adoption or the Wisconsin Humane Society, visit our website at www.wihumane.org or call 414-ANIMALS.
Everyday, teams of volunteers help improve the lives of animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society. More than 900 people lend a hand in critical programs fostering animals in their homes, walking dogs, socializing cats, staffing the retail store and providing our animal guests with enrichment and basic manners. Volunteers in the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center help to rescue and restore health to thousands of orphaned babies and injured or ill adults. Our beautiful facility allows us to provide the best creature comforts for both animals and people. Please join us; complete a volunteer application online at www.wihumane.org or call 414-431-6263.
Advocating for Animals
For many years, WHS has been educating people about the link between animal abuse and human violence. In addition to ongoing work with police and other social service agencies regarding this link, WHS provides a variety of nationally recognized programs to end the cycle of violence. To learn more about these and other programs to help people and animals, sign up for the Wisconsin Humane Society’s electronic newsletter, the Howler. You may also receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter, Critter Chronicles by contacting us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website to learn about the latest in legislative alerts impacting animals and to contact lawmakers to express your views.
Come Visit Us!
We are centrally located in the heart of Milwaukee at 4500 West Wisconsin Avenue. Call for tour information at 414-431-6170.
Adoption Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From the west: Take I-94 east, exit 41 North. Travel 1/2 mile and take first exit (Bluemound-Wisconsin) to the right.
From the east: Take I-94 west, exit 41 North. Travel 1/2 mile and take first exit (Bluemound-Wisconsin) to the right.