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Northwoods Humane Society

PO Box 82
10812N O'Brien Hill Road
Hayward, WI 54843

Our Mission

For over 30 years the Northwoods Humane Society has been serving the animals and people of Sawyer County and the surrounding areas. NHS began as an unsheltered humane society, completely relying on foster homes to serve the animals in need. In response to the increasing number of animals needing housing, the organization built its shelter building outside of Hayward, Wisconsin opening debt free in 1996. In 2018 the Northwoods Humane Society was voted the #8th Humane Society in the state of Wisconsin. The top 10 list is compiled by American Towns Media
The mission of Northwoods Humane Society is to provide a sheltered environment for unwanted animals. NHS will work to find appropriate homes for animals, provide medical care as needed, and work to socialize and train animals to increase their success in a home situation.
NHS will actively work to promote responsible pet ownership with an emphasis on the need to spay and neuter pets. NHS will work with all factions of the community to address the needs of the animals in the community.
Northwoods Humane Societies’ purpose continues to grow and respond to the needs set in front of them. To educate the public on the proper and humane treatment of animals. To administer spay/neuter and emergency medical assistance programs. To provide a “Pet Visitation” program to local nursing homes. To provide a “Pet Education” program to area schools and to the public. To work cooperatively with the Sawyer County Animal Control and Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation Animal Control. To network community resources to help meet the needs of the animals and to operate the NHS Shelter.

Adoption Policy

Your first step would be to go to our website at and the n to the adoptable animals page, scroll down and fill out the dog or cat pre adoption form. Once we notify you that it is approved you can call and set an appointment to comer meet the pet of your choice.

  • day hours
    Monday 11 am to 3pm
    Tuesday 11 am to 3pm
    Wednesday 11 am to 3pm
    Thursday 11 am to 3pm
    Friday 11 am to 3pm
    Saturday 11 am to 3pm
    Sunday closed
    By appointment only
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