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Mission Statement

The Wisconsin Humane Society's mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.

Our goal is to save lives.


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. WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need for 130 years. Because of our long and illustrious history of serving the Milwaukee community, we are also known as the Milwaukee Humane
Society. We receive no government funding and we are not part of any national umbrella organization. As the largest and most recognized shelter in the state of Wisconsin, WHS offers the following specialized services:

  • a comprehensive adoption program that matches homeless animals with new families; there are no time or space limits for any animals in our adoption program. We receive nearly all the county’s surrendered animals, as well as animals from local and state animal control facilities, and overcrowded shelters elsewhere in the Midwest.
  • lifesaving medical care for nearly 20,000 animals annually, including more than 5,000 wild animals
  • a spay/neuter clinic for animals from low-income households
  • educational programs for children and adults designed to teach respect and care for animals and to end neglect and abuse and provide information about the link between violence against animals and human violence
  • companion animal and wildlife tip lines in addition to individual recommendations to assist the community at large
  • manners classes for dogs and puppies
  • one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation hospitals of its kind in the nation, rescuing thousands of animals annually

In 2004, the Wisconsin Humane Society merged with the Ozaukee Humane Society to expand our opportunity to help at-risk animals. This new partnership also enables us to operate more efficiently and save more lives.

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