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WHS Adoptable Animals

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. For more than 128 years, WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need. We offer adoption services that place 9,000 animals in new homes annually, veterinary services that save thousands of lives, educational programs that instill respect for animals, behavior services to assist guardians and a myriad of other initiatives that help end suffering for animals. We depend entirely on private donations to fund our programs and rely on volunteers in nearly every department. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, enrolling in a class, taking a tour or making a donation, check out our comprehensive web site at The adoptable animals' web pages are updated every 30 minutes!

Governor Doyle Signs Puppy Mill Bill

Governor Doyle Signs Puppy Mill Bill

Thank you, Governor Doyle! Authored by Senator Pat Kreitlow and Representative Jeff Smith, Senate Bill 208 and Assembly Bill 250 was signed into law on December 1, 2009. The bill will establish a much-needed licensing and inspection program to end the suffering of thousands of dogs at the hands of unscrupulous dog breeders. This dog breeder bill will also level the playing field for reputable breeders who already practice humane care for their dogs. Pictured are Governor Jim Doyle with Wisconsin Humane Society representatives, Angela Speed, Tony Enea and Jodi Habush.

Family-friendly holiday event at WHS

Hope's Lights Celebration
Join us for this special celebration and lighting ceremony at the Wisconsin Humane Society at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Come for behind-the-scenes tours, holiday treats, a special presentation by FOX 6's Nicole Koglin and live demonstrations. There will be many animals to meet, including WHS alumni and this year's Hope and Joy, two animals with remarkable stories.  Sign up today! 

Rocco the Festive Rat

Rocco is a three-month-old Standard Rat. He has a soft white and black coat and long white whiskers. Rocco is a very companionable rat who is quite comfortable being held. He loves to explore fresh places and meet new people. His great personality makes him a favorite of the volunteers and staff at WHS!

Rocco’s diet consists of pellets, sometimes oats, fruits and vegetables (in moderation) and water. He also loves to chomp on Garden Wafers, his favorite treat!

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Santa's Helpers-in-Training

This may get you in the holiday spirit! Two kids stopped by on Friday night to drop off money they had been saving for WHS animals... instead of buying holiday presents, they chose to donate their savings to help animals like Judd, a puppy they got to meet. Thanks so much opening your hearts to help animals!

Having behavior issues with your dog?

Need Some Expert Advice? Sometimes you may have concerns about your dog's behavior that go beyond the scope of regular dog training classes or seminars. To schedule a one-on-one behavior consultation with one of the animal experts at the Wisconsin Humane Society, please call (414) 431-6114.

HOPPY Holidays!

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Shyla the kitten

Shyla is a gorgeous four-month-old Domestic Longhair seeking her purr-fect match this holiday season. Could it be you? Shyla is a playful gal who likes to swat at cat charmers and chase felt mice. She has a silky black coat and a warm personality.  Like all of the cats at WHS, Shyla has been spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and tested for feline Leukemia. 

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Sadie's Wish for Santa

When Sadie met Santa this week, all she asked for was a new home. Got any room in your sleigh for a dog like Sadie? 

Sadie is a loving, sweet senior dog who is looking for a happy home with all the amenitites: kind guardians, a soft couch, regular outdoor excursions and tasty food. She prefers a home where she can be the center of attention, too.

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Help Precious Heal

Precious may dream of a new home for 2010, but first, her eye has to heal from an agonizing injury. How it happened, we may never know, but fortunately she was surrendered to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

When Precious arrived, her eye looked horrible. It was swollen and cloudy, and the veterinary staff couldn’t even see her iris. Sensitive to the terrible pain, she meowed loudly when our veterinarians gently examined her. They suspected that her injury was caused by blunt force trauma of some kind, but luckily, she survived.  Precious is now quickly healing in our Intensive Care Unit at WHS and loves her plaid cat bed and glitter ball toys. Appropriately named, Precious is a very affectionate, curious cat.

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