The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin (formerly the Rock County Humane Society) is a private nonprofit 501c3 organization whose mission
is to provide shelter and humane care to lost and homeless pets, reunite lost pets with their families, promote positive pet adoptions and educate our community in order to inspire compassion and responsible pet guardianship.
Started in 1910, the Rock County Humane Society (RCHS), as it was named, has been saving the lives of animals in need for more than 100 years. Just like then, the new Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is an independent community shelter with more than 50% of its annual budget coming in from private donations and fundraising, with the remainder coming from adoption fees, contract services, and inkind gifts that save us in expenses.
In 1959, RCHS secured land to build a shelter and broke ground on our current site at 222 S. Arch Street, Janesville, in 1962. According to our archives, the site included “a good house for a shelter manager and a two-story barn that would provide adequate space for animal detention.” One news article states the society’s first major activity was to “spot and collect stray dogs throughout the county, for the protection of farm livestock and of children in play and park areas, and for the prevention of rabies.” And while a lot has changed since then, including remodeling and upgrading the facility in 1996 to what it is today and enhancing services to be broader in care, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to securing safe and loving homes for every adoptable animal and humane treatment for all.
Our hours and locations
*Hours of operation for adoption events may vary. Please check 'Events' tab for any special hours.*
Hours are by appointment only. Mask required.
Adoption hours at Petco
(satellite adoption site)
2900 Deerfield Dr. (PineTree Plaza)
Hours of volunteers vary, please call main shelter to schedule appointment.
Adoption hours at Petsmart
(satellite adoption site)
2700 Pontiac Pl Ste 100
Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin
222 S. Arch St.
Janesville, WI 53548
From the South: Take I43 South to the I90 West Exit (towards Madison). Take I90 West to Avalon Road Exit. Left on Avalon Road to Hwy. 51. Right on Hwy. 51 to Rockport Road. Left on Rockport Road under two railroad trestles, over two railroad tracks, to the top of the hill. Right on Arch St. to the shelter on left.
From the North: Take I-90 East to Exit # 175A exit (you will merge onto Racine Street). Take Racine Street to Center Avenue. Take a right on Center Avenue to Court Street (car wash and Walgreens on right - railroad tracks on left). Left onto Court Street about 1 mile until you come to Arch Street (Pizza Hut on left corner). Left onto Arch Street and shelter is 2 blocks up on right-hand side of street.
Get driving directions from Google Maps.
September 1, 2020 (Ongoing Event) - September 30, 2020
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News & Announcements
The board of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has hired Jim McMullen as its new executive director.
McMullen has extensive experience in...
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN (HSSW)
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