Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Direct from the Exec

Jim moved to Janesville in 1985 while finishing his Bachelors of Science degree in Education at UW-Whitewater. Jim grew up in Whitewater, and while in high school and college, volunteered for numerous organizations serving adults with developmental disabilities. He developed a passion for this type of work, so he ended up graduating with a major in Special Education. Jim went on to work as a social worker, program manager and most recently development director for 25+ years, sticking with his passion for helping adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, he also was a realtor for 10+ years and an IT manager for 20+ years.
Jim developed a love for animals at a very young age with his first dog, Buffy. For most of his life he’s had one or more dogs, cats, fish, gerbils and more. His sister, Dana, has had more exotic animals including rare birds, iguanas, ferrets and even a pet snake. Jim and his partner, Fidencio, currently dream about once again adopting more pets after Jim lost both of his dogs, Lucy and Sandy, a couple of years ago. Jim is excited to adopt again and can’t wait to find the right dog at HSSW.

Jim’s hobbies include volunteering for numerous nonprofit organizations, charities and service clubs in the Rock County area. Often times you’ll find Jim on the golf course participating in a fundraising event or MC’ing another nonprofit’s event. Jim enjoys travel, especially to Mexico, tropical islands and abroad. He’s also a fan of reading and enjoys the outdoors.
HSSW is excited to welcome this extraordinary leader who is passionate about helping those who are vulnerable or less fortunate. Jim is ready to roll his sleeves up and start working with the board, staff and community to bring fresh ideas and resources to help pets go home again.

Upcoming Events

Empty the Shelters

May 5, 2021 (Ongoing Event) - May 9, 2021

On Wednesday May 5 through Sunday, May 9, you will have the opportunity to adopt a new best friend for $25 and BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor the remaining cost! We...

Mounds Adoption Event

May 15, 2021 (10:00am - Noon) -

Please stop by and meet some of our adoptable pets who are looking for a great home! You can speak to some of our amazing volunteers to learn...

News & Announcements

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin eager to break ground for new shelter


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Local humane shelter using facial recognition technology for lost pets

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