Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Direct from the Exec

A Letter from our Executive Director, Jim McMullen

It’s hard for me to believe, but I’m just five weeks short of completing my first year at the HSSW.  The time has flown by.  I am so excited to be here and it’s with great pleasure that I can say I found my dream job!  We have strong leadership, a great board, wonderful employees, and lots of passionate volunteers, fosters and donors; all who are committed to advocating for the health and well-being of the many animals who come into our shelter.  I feel blessed and lucky to have the opportunity to serve.

We are here for the pets, residents and municipalities in our community- they are why we exist and the reason for HSSW’s mission.   Thank you, our constituents, for your ongoing support.  It’s been so rewarding to work with and learn from our staff who work tirelessly to ensure that every pet receives humane care.  We are focused on providing the best outcomes for each animal.  Whether this is reuniting a pet with its family, adoption, or other outcomes including our working cat program or returning community cats to their neighborhood- we know that every animal is unique and deserves its best happy life.

It’s been an interesting year.  I’ve learned a lot, recovered from Covid, and adopted my little guy, Buddy!  We adopted him around Thanksgiving and we truly are thankful to have him.  Do we spoil him?  Of course!  He gives us so much unconditional love and we couldn’t be happier to have him.

For those who don’t know me well… I’ve lived, worked and served in Rock County for many years.  I’ve primarily worked in the not-for-profit sector and have served on many boards, service clubs and civic organizations over the past 35 years.  I’m always excited to collaborate with for-profit and non-profit businesses, donors and funders, and members of our great community.  I look forward to working with YOU!

It’s also true that the HSSW has had a long vision to relocate our organization to a new central campus with a new building, allowing us to enhance our programs and services and engage with the community in new and different ways.  This is finally happening!  We broke ground in July and hope to move into our new building by March 2022.  We will be located on Hwy G between Janesville and Beloit.  Our capital campaign is still vital in making this dream a reality.  We’re thrilled with the generosity we continue to receive and still have more to raise as we enter the last leg of our campaign.  We significantly modified donor naming opportunities and have recognition options at many more giving levels.  Also, due to a wonderful donation, we have donation matching opportunities.  To learn more about all of these opportunities, please call or email me to discuss.

The pets we encounter can give so much joy in this world.  Together, lets help pets go home again! 

Upcoming Events


Mutts & Martinis

October 28, 2021

Dust off your cocktail attire because The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's Mutts & Martinis is back and better than ever!  

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Lick or Treat

October 30, 2021

Introducing Lick or Treat, sponsored by Camping World! 

Join us at The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin on Saturday, October 30th for a spooky day...

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